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Another victory in Massachusetts

Date: 
September 29, 2006

Task Force applauds decision; couples from two states can now legally marry

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes today’s decision of the Massachusetts Superior Court that Rhode Island same-sex couples may marry in Massachusetts. This decision allows Rhode Island couples to marry in Massachusetts without a roadblock. The Task Force has every hope that Rhode Islanders, having witnessed the justice, fairness and positive evolution that have been the Massachusetts experience, will support marriage equality in Rhode Island itself.

“Today, the Massachusetts court has once again given us hope that full and equal recognition of our families is not out of reach,” said Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman. “Marriage matters. Extending the freedom to marry to more same-sex couples and extending them the same rights and responsibilities enjoyed by all other married couples only strengthens their families and communities.

“While we join Rhode Islanders in rejoicing today, we also stand with them as they work to achieve marriage equality in the Ocean State itself. Marriage Equality Rhode Island is making good progress in educating Rhode Islanders about the harmful effects of marriage discrimination, and the benefits of that work may soon be realized. We urge the Rhode Island Legislature to step up and clearly adopt marriage equality now, so that same-sex couples can marry in their home state.

“And yet again, we thank GLAD for its continuing leadership in pursuing marriage equality for all and for its outstanding work in this case.”

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.