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Dem platform will support gay marriage

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The Democrats’ 2012 platform, to be adopted at their convention in Charlotte in September, will officially back gay marriage, Rep. Barney Frank told the Advocate in an interview Monday.

“Yes, it will be in the platform,” said Mr. Frank, who is on the drafting committee. “I am in favor of it being included and it will be included.”

President Obama earlier this year officially reversed himself and announced he backed letting gay couples marry, paving the way for the party’s platform to embrace that stance.

A law signed by President Clinton defines marriage for the federal government as the union between a man and a woman. Mr. Obama has refused to defend that law in court — though House Republicans have taken up the task of defending it.

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