by Michael K. Lavers, EdgeOnTheNet.com
More than half a dozen congressional Democrats on Tuesday announced their support of a proposal that would add marriage for same-sex couples to their party’s 2012 platform.
Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen; the former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, joined U.S. Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.); Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) who signed onto Freedom to Marry’s campaign that urges the party to add nuptials for gays and lesbians to its platform at this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and New Mexico Congressman Martin Heinrich, who hopes to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), also backed the proposed platform plank.
Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, who announced her U.S. Senate campaign last September, announced her support for the inclusion of nuptials for gays and lesbians before she spoke at the Victory Fund’s National Champagne Brunch in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. [MORE]