Leading Dems lobby for same-sex marriage in the party platform

Jonathan Mintz, left, New York City’s consumer affairs commissioner,
embraces John Feinblatt, a chief adviser to Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
and their daughters at their wedding

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a growing number of Democratic leaders are hoping this year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte will go down in history as the first to include a plank in the party platform that fully supports same-sex marriage.

Freedom to Marry, a 9-year-old gay-rights group, launched its “Democrats: Say I Do” campaign last month. About 30,000 people have signed its online petition to put marriage equality in the 2012 Democratic platform.

In addition to Pelosi, of California, the group’s push has been endorsed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, one of eight states to legalize same-sex marriage, and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin…

President Barack Obama, who is banking on winning North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes and the enthusiastic support of gays and lesbians, appears to be straddling the fence on same-sex marriage. In the 2008 campaign, he favored civil unions but opposed gay marriage. Since then, he’s said only that his position is “evolving…”

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