Democrats announce platform meetings, process

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Ted Strickland is the chair of the Democrats' platform drafting committee.

The Democratic National Committee announced that a national hearing on proposals for the party platform is set for July 27-29 in Minneapolis.

The DNC and Obama for America, in a news release, also announced details of the platform process.

For much of 2012, gay rights advocates have been encouraging the party to include a marriage equality plank in the platform.

In February, a coalition of mayors – most of them Democrats – launched a campaign for marriage equality.

Since then, numerous Democratic politicians have endorsed marriage equality, the most prominent being the president.

In the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Democrats will meet to draft a platform.

A DNC release said the document, to be adopted by delegates at the convention, “outlines Democratic priorities and highlights the President’s vision for the middle class and his efforts to create an economy that’s built to last.”

Platform proposals can be submitted at until 5 p.m. EST on July 20.

The platform drafting committee will hold the hearing in Minnesota.

The committee chair is former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Committee members include: former U.S. Rep. Tony Coelho, Tino Cuellar, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, Donna Harris-Aikens, Colin Kahl, Nancy Keenan, Heather Kendall Miller, Thea Lee, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, Susan Ness, Mayor Michael Nutter, Carlos Odio, former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler and Christen Young. 

Ex-officio members include Gov. Deval Patrick, DNC secretary Alice Germond, and Tom Wheeler.

The full platform committee will vote on a proposed platform Aug. 10-12, while meeting in Detroit.

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