Newark Mayor Cory Booker has said the election won't turn on gay marriage.

Booker questioned whether the inclusion of a gay marriage plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform would effect the outcome of the election.

Last week, the Democratic platform committee unanimously approved the platform drafting committee's proposed language drawn up last month in Minneapolis. Democrats meeting in Charlotte on September 3 will ratify the platform.

The plank, titled Freedom to Marry, calls for “equal respect, responsibilities and protections under the law” for all families. It also calls for passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law which forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Booker, who is co-chairman of the platform committee and a strong supporter of gay rights, called the milestone inclusion of a gay marriage plank important but stressed that the election would be based on the economy.

“At the end of the day it'll maybe repel some and attract others to be more engaged,” Booker told the AP. “This campaign is not going to turn on gay marriage. This campaign is going to turn on who has the best ideas for the economy.”