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Gays And Lesbians Omitted From Draft Of Dem Party Platform

09/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The 2004 Democratic Party platform, page 42:

"We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a 'Federal Marriage Amendment.' Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart."

The 2008 draft Democratic Party platform, page 50:

"We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, and support equal responsibility, benefits, and protections. We will enact a comprehensive bipartisan employment non-discrimination act. We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us."

Notice the editor's red pen? "Gay and lesbian families" has now been replace by "all families."

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