By Ryan Collett
A rapidly growing support base among Democrats for gay marriage rights has led to its likely inclusion into their national party platform at the Democratic National Convention in September.
The decision was reached last week in Minneapolis when a 15-member panel approved language in support of gay marriage. Among members of the panel was Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who married his longtime partner, James Ready early last month, making him the first active member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage.
The platform of the initiative is still in drafting form and will go through several revisions before being presented in Detroit to the full platform committee in August. The Detroit committee will make further revisions before presenting it at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The move comes at a time when gay rights have reached historic levels of nationwide support – most notably among Democrats. In a recent Pew Research Center poll, findings indicated that 65% of Democrats support gay marriage with only 29% opposed. The findings stand in stark contrast to just eight years ago, when Democratic support reached only 40%.