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President Obama announces his support for gay marriage on ABC News.

Experts disagree over how influential party platforms are to individual voters.  Public opinion can push a party to adopt new positions, as seen with the Democratic Party on same-sex marriage in 2012.  This is perhaps best illustrated in President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage, a situation where his opinion changed in light of changing popular sentiment on the issue.

View the National Convention Platform Committee meeting, August 11, 2012, on C-SPAN