Taking Action: Equal
Rights for Sexual Minorities
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Same-sex partner issues
(includes partner benefits, inheritance taxes, marriage, civil unions, death benefits, insurance)
  • Marriage is a civil right, and allowing same-sex partners to marry doesn't threaten the marriages of others.
  • Legal recognition of families which include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, through civil marriage or domestic partnership, and preservation of full parenting rights promotes family stability.
  • Many employers have recognized that offering domestic partner benefits is a valuable policy for attracting and keeping good workers.
Basic INCLUSIVE Civil Rights,
including employment, housing, immigration, education, public accommodation, health access, inheritance choice (to designate to whom inheritance is to be distributed to).
  • Equal rights are not special rights. Discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation undermines our democratic tradition of inclusiveness and tolerance, and threatens our democratic system.
  • Sexual orientation is an identity, not a lifestyle choice, any more than heterosexuality is a choice.
  • All people have the right to be safe in the community, in workplaces, and at home. Violence, harassment and intimidation are not acceptable.
Parent-Child Family relationships,
including child custody, 2nd parent adoption, and parent rights.
  • All children deserve loving parents regardless of the parents gender, and same gender couples are just as likely to be good parents as mixed gender couples.
  • Families including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people need legal protection, including second parent adoption.
  • Children whose parents are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender should not be subjected to disparaging portrayals of their families by childcare and educational personnel.
Anti-defamation and hate crimes
  • All people have the right to be safe in the community, in workplaces, and at home. Violence, harassment and intimidation are not acceptable.
  • Hate crimes undermine democracy. They are intended to tyrannize others in the same category as their victims and to intimidate them so that they won't be full participants in civic life. violence.
  • Demonizing people due to their sexual orientation undermines the fundamental democratic value of tolerance which is necessary for our government to truly be "by the people".
Safe schools/youth advocacy
  • Some young people will recognize that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. They need to be affirmed and supported as they decide what this means for themselves.
  • All children need to be safe in the schools, at home, and in their communities. Harassment and intimidation is not acceptable.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth have a right to support in education, in recreational activities, in counseling and placement programs.

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