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Published on Sep 4, 2012
The Democrats made history Tuesday as the party officially endorsed gay marriage for the first time in its party platform. Party leaders hope the move will help rally the base and keep North Carolina a blue state on election day. Here's how the platform reads: "we support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference." The new stance comes after President Obama publicly stated his support of same sex marriage this summer. The locally based Campaign for Southern Equality, a pro gay marriage organization, said the change is a step in the right direction. "It's vert exciting to see it happen today. You know, it being adopted into the platform won't actually do anything. Things won't be different for LGBT people tomorrow, but it's very exciting and seems to be a strong indicator that we're moving in the right direction," said CSE spokeswoman Lindsey Simerly. Supporting gay marriage could backfire on the Democrats in a state where voters overwhelmingly chose to ban it in a May referendum. With that vote, NC became the 30th state to enact legislation banning same sex marriage. Several local ministers have also come out in opposition to gay marriage. By: Mario Boone, firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Mario on Twitter @MarioBoone