Buzzfeed has received the proposed text of the marriage equality plank in the Democrat Platform for 2012, from members of the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee.
We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.
This still must be approved by the Platform Committee, which is different from the Drafting Committee. That could happen this weekend in Detroit, and then the platform would have to be approved at the Convention in September.
In 2008 Republicans included a plank calling for an amendment to the U. S. Constitution restricting marriage to between one man and one woman. We have yet to hear what the GOP platform for 2012 will include, but there is likely to be a sharp contrast between the two platforms regarding marriage equality.