Press Room

November 18, 2004


HRC Statement on Anniversary of Goodridge Marriage Decision

'The biggest news is that these marriages aren't news,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - HRC President Cheryl Jacques released the following statement today on the one-year anniversary of the Goodridge et al. v. Department of Public Health decision, allowing same-sex couples and their families in Massachusetts the same rights and responsibilities as opposite-sex married couples:

"The biggest news is that these marriages aren't news. The sky hasn't fallen and life has gone on normally. The difference is that same-sex couples and their families finally have the same protections as others.

"Voters in Massachusetts have also rejected legislators' attempts to take these rights away by putting discrimination in the Constitution. Every single legislator in Massachusetts who voted against amending the Constitution to ban these marriages won back their seat. Two legislators who supported the amendment were voted out of office and one was replaced by an openly gay candidate. The Legislature has better things to do than denying their own citizens rights and protections.

"Sixty percent of voters on Nov. 2 want legal protections for same-sex couples and their families. The more time we spend having a thoughtful conversation about equality under the law, the more we'll move the rest of the country to a place of understanding."

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.