It was widely reported on Monday that Democrats are taking steps to add the legalization of gay marriage to the party platform, which would mark the party's formal embrace of a long-held goal of the gay rights movement. Party officials met this weekend in Minneapolis to get the ball rolling, and the new platform is expected to be voted on this September at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. While details of the new platform remain unclear, it will reportedly include an explicit condemnation of the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The Democratic Party's evolution on the issue was helped along by President Obama, who in May became the first sitting president to endorse same-sex marriage.
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