Log Cabin Republicans Praise Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell for Signing Civil Unions Legislation

Historic Legislation Creates Basic Fairness for Gay and Lesbian Families

April 20, 2005 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans praise Governor Jodi Rell (R-CT) for signing legislation creating civil unions in Connecticut. "Today Governor Rell becomes the first Governor in history to sign civil union legislation without being forced to do so by the courts. We thank Governor Rell for recognizing that all families deserve basic fairness, including gay and lesbian families," said Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Guerriero.

Legislation establishing civil unions in Connecticut passed the State House and State Senate by wide margins and with bipartisan support. Governor Rell previously signaled her support for civil unions by stating, "I don't believe in discrimination of any sort, and I want people to have equal rights and equal opportunities."

"The Governor's signature on this bill is an important reminder that the fight for basic fairness for gay and lesbian families is a bi-partisan fight," continued Guerriero. "Log Cabin praises the bi-partisan work of the Connecticut legislature and the state and local groups, including Love Makes a Family, who have encouraged this important debate on civil unions and civil marriage equality," said Guerriero.

"The state of Connecticut has taken an important step in providing basic protections for gay and lesbian families, but work remains unfinished. Log Cabin is committed to working with local and state equality groups to continue educating people about the need for civil marriage equality in Connecticut. We look forward to the day when civil marriage equality is achieved," said Log Cabin Political Director Chris Barron. "Log Cabin realizes our tremendous obligation as the voice for moderate and conservative gay America. We look forward to continuing our work with inclusive Republican leaders to win the battle for basic fairness."