As gay rights groups push to have marriage equality included in the 2012 Democratic Party platform, they are getting support from a prominent figure: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. According to her spokesperson, Pelosi supports the language put forth by Freedom to Marry, which reads as follows:
We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also supports marriage equality. In 2008, then candidate Obama opposed gay marriage, but recently he has said that his view on the issue is “evolving.” The inclusion of marriage quality in the official 2012 platform would make Obama’s eventual support of the issue all the more likely.