The platform says Democrats support "marriage equality" and the "movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples."
The Democratic platform also calls for repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage law, signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton, which recognizes marriage as between a man and woman.
Meanwhile Log Cabin Republican executive director R. Clarke Cooper said last week that members of his group will be inside the room when the Republican platform committee meets in Tampa next week, hoping to remove some language on same-sex marriage crafted in 2008.
“Just looking at the 2008 document, Log Cabin has gone through and we’ve noted language in there that’s either directly unhelpful, or seen as anti-gay, and have marked it for deletion,” Cooper told the Washington Blade on Friday. “We’ve also found language that could be strengthened to be more inclusive. That said, there’s going to be a completely new document. It’s not as if they’re taking the ’08 document and just updating it.”
But there is little doubt about how the platform committee will ultimately come down on the issue.
“The Republican Party is committed to the timeless, foundational values of family, traditional marriage and life,” RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski told Politico last week. “Governor Romney and the Party’s platform are clear: Marriage is between a man and a woman.
The Democratic party platform also calls for “comprehensive immigration reform,” and does address gun control issues, writing that the platform promises to “preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms,” adding that “the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation,” such as restoring the ban on assault-style weapons and strengthening background checks.