Supporters of gay marriage are calling
on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to add marriage equality
to the party's 2012 platform.
On Monday, Freedom to Marry launched
Say I Do campaign.
“An overwhelming majority of
Democrats support the freedom to marry, as do a significant majority
of Independents and voters under 50 across the political spectrum,”
said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “The
Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and
civil rights of all Americans. It's now time for the national party
to be true to its values and its voters and go unequivocally on the
record for the freedom to marry.”
Wolfson, Brian Brown debate gay marriage.)
Freedom to Marry's proposed language
also includes support for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act
(DOMA), the law that bars federal agencies from recognizing the legal
marriages of gay couples, and opposition to constitutional amendments
defining marriage as a heterosexual union.
Voters in two states – North Carolina
and Minnesota – will decide on such amendments this year.
The DNC will ratify this year's
platform during its national convention, which begins September 3 in
Charlotte, North Carolina.
A Gallup survey from last year found
that 69 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents support