NOW President Kim Gandy says, “Along with NOW activists everywhere, I am terribly saddened at the passing of longtime NOW and lesbian rights activist Del Martin. We extend our love and condolences to Del’s wife, Phyllis Lyon, who was her partner in life and in activism for more than half a century.”
Posts Categorized: Marriage Equality
California made history again today. In a 4-3 vote, the state’s highest court ruled that gay and lesbian couples should be granted legal rights to marriage. “The California Supreme Court did what was right, and that is to give everyone – regardless of sexual orientation – the fundamental right to civil marriage,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “This decision will allow thousands and thousands of committed couples to be legally married in the highest populated state in our country.”
NOW’s first policy statement declaring lesbian rights a feminist issue was in 1971. In that declaration, NOW members acknowledged a woman’s right to independence and self-determination, including the right to define and express her own sexuality.