Dems Platform Backs Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats have unveiled a party platform at their national convention that echoes President Barack Obama's call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

Delegates will officially adopt the platform on Tuesday.

The document reflects the president's argument that his work is unfinished, saying there is more to do and calling on Democrats, independents and some Republican to come together again and continue what has been started.

The platform said the economy is growing again, al-Qaida is weaker "than at any point since 9/11" and that the manufacturing sector is growing.

The document backs same-sex marriage and abortion rights. The Republican platform, approved last week, would ban all abortions and gay marriage.


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