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LGBT groups urge couples marrying in California to 'make change, not lawsuits'

News release:

New York, NY – Four lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organizations and five other leading national LGBT groups issued a statement entitled "Make Change, Not Lawsuits." 

The statement explains that while couples who go to California to marry should ask friends, neighbors and institutions to honor their marriages, they generally shouldn't file lawsuits to have their marriages recognized. The statement says that ill-timed lawsuits risk creating additional barriers to marriage for gay couples.

"Make Change, Not Lawsuits" was signed by four LGBT legal groups – the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) – and five other LGBT organizations: the Equality Federation, Freedom to Marry, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Download "Make Change, Not Lawsuits" (Adobe Reader required): http://www.glaad.org/2008/Releases/MakeChangeStatement.pdf

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