Charlotte, N.C., Sep 5, 2012 / 00:06 am
For the first time in American history, a major U.S. political party has incorporated support for a redefinition of marriage into its official statement of beliefs.
The Democratic Party's platform, formally adopted at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 4, supports "marriage equality," a phrase used by those who wish to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples.
The platform, which outlines the party's official views on a variety of subjects, called for the full repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes and protects states from being forced to recognize the gay unions of other states.
It also called for the passage of the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, which would require the federal government to recognize same-sex "marriages."