WeHo News, Vol. 7 Issue 72 07/30/2012
By WeHo News staff, West Hollywood, California
The Democratic Party Sunday voted to include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history, party sources confirm.
The language was approved unanimously by the 15-member platform draft committee and now heads for approval by the full platform committee in August.
This follows the early July announcement that members of the Platform Drafting Committee, which include openly-gay (and newly-wed) Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) that such a plank was in the offing.
Other Committee members are former U.S. Representative Tony Coelho, Tino Cuellar, U.S. Representative Barney Frank, Donna Harris-Aikens, Colin Kahl, Nancy Keenan, Heather Kendall Miller, Thea Lee, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, Susan Ness, Mayor Michael Nutter, Carlos Odio, former U.S. Representative Robert Wexler and Christen Young. Serving as ex-officio members are Governor Deval Patrick, DNC Secretary Alice Germond, and Tom Wheeler. The Platform Drafting Committee will be chaired by former Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio.
Congressional 29th district Representative (and likely to be 28th district Rep., representing West Hollywood) Adam Schiff – who desires to lead on LGBT equality – organized the entire California Democratic Congressional Delegation to support a marriage equality plank.
Joining Rep. Schiff in signing onto the letter are Reps. Lois Capps, Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Lynn Woolsey, Mike Thompson, Anna Eshoo, Jackie Speier, Susan Davis, Janice Hahn, Judy Chu, Grace Napolitano, Howard Berman, George Miller, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Xavier Becerra, Henry Waxman, Sam Farr, Pete Stark, Mike Honda, Doris Matsui, Jerry McNerney, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass, Maxine Waters, Joe Baca and Bob Filner.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer had previously signed.
Read the complete article and the Congressional Letter here: