Dan Rivoli: Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Crashing the Democrats' Party


Dan Rivoli in the International Business Times:

As Democrats continue to etablish same-sex marriage in states across the U.S., one group advocating for nationwide marriage equality says it is time to make it official: put same-sex marriage on the party platform.

"The Democratic Party at its best is a leader in standing against all forms of discrimination. And support for the freedom of gay couples to marry is a natural next step," said Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, a New York-based advocacy group.

... Even if Obama is still evolving, the next generation of Democratic leaders preparing for the national stage -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Maryland's O'Malley, Washington's Gregiore and Gov. John Lynch of New Hampshire -- are full-throated supporters of same-sex marriage, with the achievements to prove it.

... As Freedom to Marry continues to reach out to bold-faced names, Solomon says there will be a focus on those down the Democratic food chain who will fill the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.'s Time Warner Cable Arena.

"The Democratic Party is a democratic institution and there is going to be a platform committee that's going to work together to devise a platform," Solomon said. "We're going to participate every step of the way."