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Record Presence of gays at Democratic National Convention

For the first time in history, a major political party is formally supporting gay marriage. Democrats have included formal support for same-sex marriage rights in its party platform.

The Associate Press has a great article about the record number of LGBT delegates ta the Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic National Convention is a watershed event for America’s gay rights movement, which never before has been embraced so warmly by a major political party.

There’s a platform endorsing same-sex marriage, a roster of speakers that includes three gay members of Congress, and a record number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender delegates hailing from all 50 states — 486 in all, more than 8 percent of the total.

“We’ve been an underrepresented demographic in politics for a long time,” said Jerame Davis of National Stonewall Democrats, a gay-rights affiliate of the party. “Finally seeing us appropriately represented is just a thrill.”

The large role for gays and lesbians is a striking contrast with last week’s Republican convention, which ratified a platform opposing gay-rights priorities and was attended by perhaps a few dozen openly gay delegates. It also shows how far the Democrats have evolved since Bill Clinton, now a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage, signed a bipartisan bill in 1996 defining marriage as a one-man, one-woman union.

Read the full article via KVUE.COM

The support for the gay rights movement within the Democratic Party was evident last night. Watch a few key speeches below.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Out Representative Jared Polis spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention about President Obama’s leadership, and the importance of unity for future of American citizens.

Kal Penn, Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention about his experiences working at the White House with President Obama. Mr. Penn also stressed the importance of getting young people registered to vote in order to support President Obama in the coming election.

Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention about the programs and financial successes of the Democratic party. He also spoke about the party’s support for equal rights, especially in regards to homosexuals and same-sex marriage rights.

Mary Kay Henry, International President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Ms. Henry criticized the platform of the Romney-Ryan campaign, and emphasized the benefits brought about by President Obama’s administration.

President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)