Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz believes that President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage will lead to its inclusion in the 2012 Democratic Party platform.

Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, told Philadelphia Gay News that the president's May announcement in support of marriage equality increases the likelihood of inclusion.

In March, Freedom to Marry launched its Democrats: Say I Do campaign to promote a marriage equality plank in the platform. More than 42,000 Democrats have joined the campaign, including Democratic National Convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and nearly two dozen U.S. senators.

“I expect marriage equality to be a plank in the national party platform,” Schultz told the paper. “President Obama has declared his support for it … now, our platform committee process is a people-powered process. We have a platform committee and the platform is developed by our Democratic activists and the platform committee members, so they'll go through a process. I hope that marriage equality, and expect that marriage equality, will be part of our platform.”