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Democrats officially include gay marriage plank in platform

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Democrats’ platform committee voted unanimously on Saturday to add a plank endorsing gay marriage, according to gay-rights advocates who said it marks the first time either major party has gone that far.

“Support for the freedom to marry puts the party on the right side of history, and in the solid mainstream of the majority of the American people,” said Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, an advocacy group.

President Obama, who earlier this year came out in support of letting gay couples marry, hasn’t yet said whether he backs adding it in as part of his party’s platform. And it could cause some heartburn for Democrats running for Senate and House seats in swing states.

No state where gay marriage has been put directly to voters has adopted it, according to opponents.

Democrats will ratify their platform at their convention early next month in Charlotte.

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