HRC Launches Let’s Talk About Marriage
February 17, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
HRC and the Courage Campaign have launched a new resource for those still making up their minds about marriage. LetsTalkAboutMarriage.org addresses some of the toughest questions and provides a deeper understanding of why marriage is so important – to both gay and straight couples. And it demonstrates how marriage isn’t a Democrat or a Republican issue or an old versus young issue – it’s a human issue.
LetsTalkAboutMarriage.org includes a video from Zach Wahls and his family on the importance of marriage equality. Zach is the 19-year-old Iowan who passionately spoke out to the state legislature against a move to write discrimination into the state’s constitution by banning marriage for same-sex couples.
In the video, Zach says: “It’s easy to get up there and rail against gay marriage if you can’t put a face to the issue. It’s easy to get up there and say we should take away their rights if you don’t realize the people whose rights you’re trying to take away live down the street from you. Families like mine are just members of the community.”
Some of the questions LetsTalkAboutMarriage.org tackles include reconciling what your faith teaches with supporting marriage equality; the current status of civil unions and marriage equality in states across the nation; and the economic implications of marriage equality. The site also educates visitors on some of the serious disadvantages committed LGBT couples face because of an inability to marry, including: not receiving Social Security and pension survivor benefits; challenges in providing health coverage to a partner; paying estate taxes on the property of a deceased partner; and a lack of family leave. To help your family and friends still who are still on the fence about marriage equality, please visit www.letstalkaboutmarriage.org.
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