Civic, religious, civil rights leaders join to declare ‘Marriage Matters'
Full-page newspaper ads feature diverse allies committed to the fight for dignity and equality for gay couples
In full-page newspaper advertisements appearing coast to coast during July 2006, more than 60 civic, religious, labor and civil rights leaders and organizations declared their commitment to working toward equality for gay and lesbian families.
Marriage equality for same-sex couples has emerged as a major political issue in the United States. Senators John Kerry and John Edwards have publicly opposed same-sex marriage but supported other rights for same-sex couples.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) caregivers and care recipients still face discrimination at doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other places we entrust with the care of our loved ones. Policies that embrace broad definitions of family and caregiving and recognize same-sex relationships would help to ease the burdens and strains of caregiving.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families deserve the same respect, recognition and protection as all other families. Family recognition and the many rights and protections it provides is essential to the well-being of our families.