'The difference the right to marry makes in the lives of real Americans is shown here,' said HRC President Joe Solmonese.
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation today released "To Have and To Hold? Maybe Not." - a compilation of the true stories of same-sex couples being denied the protections of marriage.
"The difference the right to marry makes in the lives of real Americans is shown here," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "These stories shed light on why marriage is so important, not only because of the honor it bestows but also because of the rights and responsibilities that only come with it. As we celebrate the anniversary of marriages in Massachusetts, it's important for every one of us to hear these stories."
From the story of George Bieniek in St. Louis, who, upon the loss of his partner, had to wait for his partner's sister to arrive from Germany to release his body, to the story of 75-year-old Susan, who wants the practical, legal rights that come with marriage but also the peace of mind, this publication offers up the stories of the big and small challenges couples face without the right to marry.
"For those of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, today is also an important time to tell our stories," added Solmonese. "Americans are living without protections that leave families vulnerable in times of sickness and health. Many who argue against marriage equality claim that it will harm heterosexual marriages. But clearly the families at risk are the GLBT families without the protections and recognition that marriage bestows. This publication compels us all to tell our own stories and dispel the myths about marriage equality."
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