March 29, 2004
HRC: Massachusetts Vote Is Temporary Setback on Road to Equality
WASHINGTON- HRC President Cheryl Jacques released the following statement on the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention vote:
"Today's vote by the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention was a setback. However, we are on a long road toward ensuring equality in Massachusetts and America. The Massachusetts Legislature will consider this amendment again next year.
"On May 17th, marriage licenses will be issued to same-sex couples in Massachusetts. American life will move forward as it always has with committed families caring for each other and taking responsibility for their own health and welfare.
"Over the next two years, as the constitutional process continues, the people of Massachusetts and America will see that marriage equality is good for families and good for America.
"I served the people of Massachusetts for nearly 12 years. I know they will ultimately reject discrimination and side with fairness for all families.
"The Human Rights Campaign thanks the Massachusetts legislators who voted against discrimination. We hope their remarkable efforts and hard work will help defeat this amendment next year.
"MassEquality has been an extraordinary leader in efforts to end discrimination and ensure equality. Through their tireless efforts, this organization continues to be a beacon to all Americans who support equality and fairness.
"HRC will continue to fight discrimination in Massachusetts and nationally so that every American family has the same rights and responsibilities."
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.