Gay and Lesbian Americans deserve the right to marry. Period.
When gay and lesbian partners make a commitment to one another and to our children, we need the same legal rights, benefits and responsibilities granted to other families to allow us to fulfill our promise to love, honor and protect our loved ones.
Just say Marriage!
Lets be clear, we are not advocating for 'GAY' marriage!
We do not want Civil Unions and Domestic Partner Benefits. We deserve the VERY same marriage rights that are granted to every other American Citizen!
Why Call it 'Marriage?'
We believe it is important that we use the word 'marriage' to define our legally recognized unions. We feel this way for several reasons: First -- marriage is a civil right that has been granted to all Americans except gay and lesbian citizens. To call our unions anything less than marriage creates a separate class of 'homosexual' citizens that are not quite up to par with ordinary 'heterosexual' citizens.
The Supreme Court (in Brown vs. the Topeka Board of Education, 1954) held that a 'separate but equal' classification is unconstitutional. We maintain that to settle for less than full equality is to implicitly support society's improper disdain for gay and lesbian families.
More importantly, we believe that by acquiescing to a less-than-equal status, we aid and abet the opposition whose intolerance and ignorance hurt and stigmatize gay and lesbian youth as well as the children of gay and lesbian parents.
What You Can Do to Support Equal Marriage Right
Most of all, BE OUT AND VISIBLE to your friends, family, co-workers and community. You and your family are the best ambassadors to the truth. Read through some talking points to learn how to answer questions and respond to common objections to LGBTQ equality.