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April 27, 2011

GLAD Supports Marriage, Not Civil Unions

After Rhode Island Speaker Gordon Fox announced that he would support a civil union bill rather than a marriage bill, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders issued a statement criticizing Fox and reiterating its support for full marriage equality in Rhode Island.

Karen Loewy, GLAD Senior Staff Attorney, said “Nothing short of marriage is equality for Rhode Island’s gay and lesbian citizens and their children.  By citing DOMA, Speaker Fox lets the federal government set the standard for discrimination and sells out the gay community for the sake of political expediency. DOMA’s days are numbered as it comes under increasing legal and political attack.

“More to the point, civil unions tell gay people and their kids that they are second class citizens and that their families matter less than other families.  As an organization committed to equal justice under law, we find a civil union solution completely unacceptable.”

GLAD has won marriage equality through litigation in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and has taken part in the legislative efforts that led to marriage equality in New Hampshire and Vermont.  GLAD has been working on marriage equality in Rhode Island with the Rhode Island Marriage Coalition.

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Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is New England's leading legal organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.