Democrats are ready to include a plank in their official party platform embracing the rights of gay couples to marry. The move reflects President Obama’s evolution on the issue – he said back in spring that same sex couples should be allowed to marry – but it carries with it some political risk, especially if the platform calls for the federal government to prevent a state from determining its own marriage laws. After all, this issue drives older, conservative voters to the polls. On the other hand, the nation as a whole is also evolving on this issue, and the acceptance of same-sex marriage is fast becoming the mainstream.
Politico’s Roger Simon says Romney just should have stayed home.