The upcoming presidential convention will see a platform by the Democratic Party to discuss gay marriage. This platform will be about supporting marriage equality. The Democratic National Committee hesitated earlier in the year around March to move on a same-sex marriage platform plank as recently as this March, but this mood shifted after President Barack Obama came out in favor of marriage equality. See: Full Article
The federal government of the United States does not recognize same-sex marriages and is prohibited from doing so by the Defense of Marriage Act. Same-sex marriages are currently granted by five of the 50 states and one federal district. In Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., marriages for same-sex couples are legal and currently performed. In New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland, same-sex marriages are recognized, but not performed. Five states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California recognizes same-sex marriages performed during six months in 2008 after its Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry and before the passage of Proposition 8, which overturned the court’s decision. Hawaii and New Jersey recognize civil unions.
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