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Democrats move to include gay marriage in platform

The Democrats' platform drafting committee voted to include language backing same-sex unions at a meeting in Minneapolis over the weekend.

By Julie PaceAssociated Press / July 30, 2012

Marchers carry a rainbow flag during San Francisco's 42nd annual Gay Pride parade on, June 24.

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WASHINGTON

A Democratic official says support for gay marriage is set to be included in the official party platform adopted at this summer's convention.

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The Democrats' platform drafting committee voted to include language backing same-sex unions at a meeting in Minneapolis over the weekend. Democratic delegates will formally approve the platform during the convention, which will be held in early September in Charlotte, N.C.

The push by several high-profile Democrats to include support for gay marriage in the party platform gained momentum after President Barack Obama voiced his personal support for same-sex unions earlier this year.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publically about the platform committee's decision.

The move was first reported by The Washington Blade.

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