Democrats to back pot, gay marriage platform

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats are scheduled to approve a platform that reaffirms the party's current support for legalizing gay marriage and recreational marijuana use, based on a draft released Tuesday.

The proposed platform and resolutions were to be voted on by delegates at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention which begins June 6 in Wisconsin Dells.

Partisan platforms and resolutions, normally ignored by anyone other than party activists, drew more attention this year after Republicans last month debated a resolution to affirm the state's right to secede from the union and to nullify federal laws, like President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Republicans voted that down, but Democrats ridiculed them for even considering the ideas.

The current Democratic Party platform, adopted two years ago, includes support for allowing marijuana for all purposes, not just medical, as well as legalizing gay marriage. This year's proposed platform retains those provisions.

Democrats have proposed legalizing marijuana, but Republicans have shown no interest in pursuing it. Wisconsin voters approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2006, but that is currently being challenged in federal court.

The Democratic platform also contains a number of other longstanding Democratic issues, including opposition to requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls; support of universal health care; opposition to the death penalty; banning concealed weapons; and taking "aggressive action" to mitigate damage caused by climate change.

Resolutions up for a vote include supporting a living wage; restoring an $800 million aid cut done in 2011 to public schools; eliminating private school vouchers; calling for non-partisan redrawing of political boundaries; and making it more difficult for schools to keep American Indian mascots.

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