Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has accused Democrats of attempting to kill marriage with the inclusion of a gay marriage plank in their party platform.

Over the weekend, the 15-member platform drafting committee unanimously approved language in support of gay nuptials. The full committee will finalize the platform at a meeting next month in Detroit. Democrats meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina will vote on the platform on September 3.

“The Democratic Party has been captured by extremists from both coasts like Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi who are determined to redefine marriage in our nation,” said Brown in a blog post. “It's ironic that they hope to kill off the institution of marriage at their convention in Charlotte, because North Carolina like 31 other states, just voted overwhelmingly in favor of preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The marriage amendment passed with 61% of the vote in North Carolina and enjoyed a plurality of support among Democrats and an overwhelming support of African Americans. We will rally supporters of traditional marriage to make sure they realize that the outcome of the presidential election may determine the future of marriage in our country.”

Brown went on to say that the adoption of a gay marriage plank would turn the 2012 election into a referendum on marriage.

“The DNC is leading Democrats off the cliff,” Brown added. “Voters in virtually every one of the presidential swing states have voted for marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If the DNC gets its way the marriage amendments adopted in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Nevada and elsewhere will be overturned. That makes the definition of marriage a key issue in these swing states, and we fully intend to make sure that people realize that the outcome of the election is a proxy for the survival of traditional marriage in our nation.”