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Equal Rights

Marriage for Same-Sex Couples


Summary of Policy and Recommendations
  • While religious communities should be able to decide for themselves what relationships they will recognize, ADL supports efforts to extend all the rights, protections and benefits of civil marriage to same-sex couples. 
  • We believe that no American should be denied access to the benefits of civil marriage because of his or her sexual orientation. 

Background

The Anti-Defamation League opposes bans on same-sex marriage and any other efforts that would discriminate against a specific group of Americans.  While religious communities should be able to decide for themselves what relationships they will recognize, ADL supports efforts to extend all the rights, protections and benefits of civil marriage to same-sex couples. 

The League recently filed an amicus brief in support of the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.  The California Supreme Court held that the right to marry is a fundamental right, integral to an individual's autonomy, and that banning same-sex couples from marrying violates the California Constitution.  Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is as ugly as any other form of discrimination.

We believe that that no American should be denied access to the benefits of civil marriage because of his or her sexual orientation.


Printable Version
ADL Recommendations to RNC and DNC Platforms (.pdf)
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ADL Submits Policy Priorities to Democratic and Republican Platform Committees (7/21/08)
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