The drafting committee for the Democratic National Convention has voted to include marriage equality as part of its platform for the 2012 Convention.
The next step will be for the full platform committee to vote on it, after which it will be presented to delegates in September at the Convention in Charlotte for a final vote.
“This is a historic step toward fairness for all. Once again, Democrats are fighting to move this country forward,” Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said in an email to party supporters.
Republicans are likely to pounce on the announcement as it allows them to say Democrats have taken their eye off the ball on the economy, according to The Washington Post. The endorsement could also hurt candidates in more conservative districts.
If polling numbers are to believed, this could give Democrats the edge in the upcoming general election amongst independent voters. A new Pew poll finds a majority of independents now support gay marriage, 51 percent versus 40 percent against.
The announcement comes as the Obama campaign's messaging related to money has grown increasingly dramatic, with one piece of communication sent to supporters stating: “My upcoming birthday next week could be the last one I celebrate as President of the United States, but that's not up to me — it's up to you,” the president wrote before asking for a donation of at least $8.
Despite the doom and gloom, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show the president isn't far off what he earned around this time during the previous presidential election cycle. The campaign earned $307 million for his campaign committee through the end of June 2012, compared to $339 million over the same period in 2008.