http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=33989 Dems' New National Platform Opposes Defense of Marriage Act Tuesday, August 12, 2008 By Josiah Ryan, Staff Writer (CNSNews.com) – The 2008 Democratic Party platform draft, which will be submitted to delegates at the Democratic National Convention for approval later this month, expresses opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law that presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he wants to repeal. “We will enact a comprehensive bipartisan employment non-discrimination act,” says the platform draft. “We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us.” DOMA defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws. Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, DOMA protects states from having to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states as they ordinarily would be required to do under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution. Ordinarily, under that clause, states are required to recognize "the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State." SNIP One-hundred-and-fifty Democratic members of Congress voted in favor of DOMA in 1996.