The White House and President Obama’s campaign won’t even say whether he approves of adding support for gay marriage to the party platform, but the Democratic National Committee — which is under Mr. Obama’s control — is taking a victory lap anyway.
In an email to supporters, the DNC is leading a petition drive asking folks to sign their names saying they approve of the gay marriage plank.
“Add your name today and say you’re with Democrats as we fight for the right of every American to marry the person they love,” Rep. Barney Frank, a member of the drafting committee and an openly gay member of Congress, said in the email.
The email doesn’t ask for funds. Instead, it is likely a way for Democrats to identify supporters who care particularly about gay marriage as an issue, which lets the party target its future communications.
On Monday Mr. Frank announced that the platform would include support for gay marriage — the first time a major party has gone that far.
Mr. Obama earlier this year reversed himself and said he now embraces gay marriage, but for the second day in a row, the White House declined to say Tuesday whether he supports adding the plank or whether doing so would hurt Democratic candidates in swing states.
“I think you heard the president discuss his personal views” on this topic, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday. “With regards to the DNC platform — I think that issue is still being worked out, and I would refer you to the DNC.”
— Susan Crabtree contributed to this blog entry.