Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former president John Kennedy, is urging Democrats to embrace marriage equality.
Kennedy joined "Democrats: Say I Do," a campaign from the group Freedom to Marry that advocates a marriage equality plank in this year's Democratic party platform.
"There are few things in life more important than being able to marry and build a family with the person you love," Kennedy said in a statement. "This fundamental right should be available to all Americans, including gay and lesbian couples. In our democracy we are fortunate to have elected officials at all levels of government, and courageous jurists who have put their careers on the line, to uphold the promise of equality that is as old as our Constitution, and I hope that many more will follow their example."
At a ceremony on Monday, Kennedy will present the 2012 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award to three former Iowa supreme court justices voted out of their positions after they ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in 2009.