FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 27, 2000
San Francisco's National Center for Lesbian Rights Hails Decision, Celebrates Civil Rights Breakthrough
(San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2000) — Kathryn D. Kendell, Esq., Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, issued the following statement regarding the passage of Vermont's "civil union" law which grants same-sex couples more than 300 legal rights previously offered only to heterosexual married couples. These rights include, but are not limited to, tax benefits, inheritance rights and medical decision-making.
"This historic piece of legislation marks the first time a state has accorded to lesbian and gay couples the full equality and protection we deserve and have long been denied. This is a victory not just for couples in Vermont but for lesbians and gay men throughout the United States, hopefully marking the beginning of a national effort to secure equality in the rest of the country."
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.