Every four years, the Democratic National Convention adopts a new national platform which is an official statement of the Democratic Party’s position on a variety of issues. The Platform Committee is responsible for drafting and recommending a proposed national platform to the Democratic National Convention for approval by the delegates.
This year they meet in Detroit, Michigan. The Platform Committee was chaired by Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker and Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (Ret.). At the meeting, members discussed and amend the draft platform as well as voting on a final version to present to convention delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina. The draft platform was created by the Platform Drafting Committee in Minneapolis in July.
The Platform committee approved a platform that included a same-sex marriage plank for the first time in history. Mayor Booker said, in closing, "we have a platform that will excite not just Democrats but the nation... and ensure that Barack Obama will be reelected."
The full convention will vote on the platform on the first day of the Democratic Convention in September.