The Democratic Party platform for 2012 “strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade, endorses legal recognition of same-sex marriage, and regards the promotion of “gay rights” as an American foreign-policy priority.
The program approved by the Democratic Party at this week’s convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, no longer says that abortion should be “rare,” as previous party platforms once said. In a blanket statement of support for unrestricted legal abortion, the platform says: “We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”
The platform adds that the option of abortion should be available to all women “regardless of ability to pay,” underlining Democratic support for taxpayer-financed abortions.
In a new bid for support from homosexual activists, the platform says: “We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under the law for same sex couples."
Regarding the rights of churches that refuse to acknowledge same-sex marriage, the platform says: “We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.” That sentence is ambiguous, insofar as it says that religious institutions should be allowed to decide “how” to celebrate marriages; the platform gives no indication that they should remain free not to solemnize homosexual marriages.
The Democratic platform applauds the Obama administration’s decision to treat same-sex relationships as “families” for purposes of immigration policy, and to fund programs that finance gay-rights organizations abroad through the State Department. The platform explains that “gay rights are human rights.”
"President Obama and Democrats will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers,” the Democratic platform proclaims. And: “President Obama and the Democratic Party are committed to supporting family planning around the globe...”