November 18, 2004
HRC Lauds UK for Domestic Partnership Law
'Same-sex couples and their families will soon have security in the United Kingdom,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.
WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement today lauding the United Kingdom's House of Lords for passing a law giving same-sex couples the right to legal recognition and the same rights and responsibilities that married couples receive:
"Same-sex couples and their families will soon have security in the United Kingdom. England, Wales and Northern Ireland now join 12 other countries in legally recognizing same-sex couples. As the citizens of these countries prove, equality has had no devastating effects. Giving citizens more rights and responsibilities is sound policy. Leaders here in the United States can learn from our friends across the Atlantic."
Nine countries - Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland - grant rights and protections that are more limited than marriage but more extensive than those provided in the United States. Belgium, the Netherlands and six provinces and one territory in Canada extend the right to marry to same-sex couples.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.