Democratic Party Approves Same-Sex Marriage Equality Plank for DNC

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Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade is reporting that the Democratic Party has approved a same-sex marriage equality platform plank for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Quoting outgoing, openly gay congressman Barney Frank, the Blade reports that a 15 member panel unanimously backed including language that supports the right for same-sex couples to marry. Despite President Obama's wink-wink, nudge-nudge stance about states' rights on marriage, the DNC plank sounds like it will mirror the administration's legal battle for full marriage equality at the federal level.

The DNC will take place next month in North Carolina, where voters passed a state constitutional amendment against marriage equality earlier this year.

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You can follow staff writer Steven Thrasher on twitter (@steven_thrasher) or reach him by email (sthrasher@villagevoice.com).

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