USA: National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Endorses Marriage Equality

Written by scott on October 17th, 2012

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Endorses Marriage EqualityThe Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community in the United States has always been made up of a diversity of people from different ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, languages spoken, and more. The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), as a coalition of organizations that represent these diverse constituencies and provides a national voice on policy issues and priorities, celebrates that diversity in all its forms, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

Marriage Equality and Family Recognition: NCAPA supports marriage equality for same-sex couples as a matter of equal protection under the law in the Fourteenth Amendment. NCAPA opposes legislation or policy at the national, state, or local level that seeks to codify discrimination in the law by restricting access to marriage based on gender. For states that do not currently accept same-sex marriage, alternatives such as domestic partnership will help keep couples and families together.

NCAPA supports LGBT families and the right for LGBT parents to raise their children with the same opportunities and equality as their straight counterparts. Keeping families together is a core value of NCAPA’s work and it is important that LGBT families are included. NCAPA supports inclusion of LGBT parents and same-sex couples in definitions of family with respect to policies and legislation.

Authored By melanie Nathan – See the Full Story at GayUSA

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