Marriage Equality on Display at Marc Jacobs’ Manhattan Store
May 3, 2011
As we posted earlier, HRC recently collaborated with renowned fashion designer Marc Jacobs for a a limited edition t-shirt featuring the image of a lesbian couple with their child and the words, “I pay my taxes, I want my RIGHTS!” on the front, and “Marc Jacobs Proudly Supports Human Rights Campaign” on the back. Today, the designer unveiled a window display at his Manhattan store inviting New Yorkers to support HRC’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign.”
The window display depicts a springtime wedding scene with text from Marc Jacobs and HRC inviting New Yorkers to “Support New York Marriage Equality.”
Because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, legally married same-sex couples are excluded from over 1,100 federal rights and benefits of marriage – many of them related to taxes. For example, many employers provide domestic partner health benefits, but those benefits are treated as income and taxed, whereas health benefits for an opposite-sex spouse are not.
A recent poll released by Siena Research Institute shows public opinion continues to trend toward marriage equality in New York State with a record high of 58 percent support and a record low of 36 percent opposition.
Marc Jacobs has been a long time supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, recently designing a t-shirt to bring attention to the unfair tax burden placed on same-sex couples who are not legally allowed to marry. The politically forward t-shirt features the image of a lesbian couple (one with a tattoo of HRC’s equality logo) with their child and the powerful words, “I pay my taxes, I want my RIGHTS!” on the front, and “Marc Jacobs Proudly Supports HRC” on the back.
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