Dems platform backs gay marriage, abortion rights

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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 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 says 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. 

Bain-related workers to speak

An Obama campaign official says workers from Bain Capital-controlled companies will speak at the Democratic Party's national convention.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ran Bain, a private equity firm, before getting into government. Democrats have tried to cast Romney as having pursued profits at the expense of workers while at Bain.

Democrats say the convention will be focused on Obama's plans for boosting the middle class.

Obama's campaign has featured Bain employees in television advertisements and conference calls.

The campaign official was not allowed to discuss the speakers' lineup publicly and requested anonymity.

Associated Press

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