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National Association of the Deaf Comes Out in Support of Marriage Equality

Post submitted by Nick Bolger, HRC Programs Intern

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing Americans, recently announced their support for marriage equality

The historic announcement came several days after the NAD was the subject of some controversy for inviting South Dakota Gov.Dennis Daugaard to speak at their Biennial Conference.  Many members of the Deaf community were upset because Daugaard supported a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Deaf people and LGBT people have had some interesting parallels in their struggles for equal rights.  At one point in our history, there were many people who didn’t think that two Deaf individuals should be allowed marry because they claimed that Deaf people were not capable of being good parents—simply because they cannot hear.  The Deaf community has fought hard for equal rights, and now the LGBT community is fighting for those rights. 

In another gesture showing their support for the LGBT community, the NAD has announced a LGBT Deaf Equality Luncheon that will be held at the Biennial Conference, where Daugaard is no longer planning to speak.  This is a great opportunity for Deaf LGBT people to unite on issues important to our community.

HRC is also proud to show our support for the Deaf community with our ASL Equal T-Shirt.

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