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Lambda Legal y grupos locales organizan recepcion para el dia de derecho al matrimonio 'Una celebracion de amor, una lucha por igualdad'
2003-02-01

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Lambda Legal, en conjunto con organizaciones comunitárias y religiosas, celebrarán el día nacional 'Derecho al matrimonio ' el 12 de febrero, 2003, con una recepci"n del mismo nombre. La recepci"n será en el High Risk Gallery, 1113 West Belmont de 7 p.m. hasta 9 p.m. A los invitados se les pide que muestren honra hacia las vidas de parejas del mismo sexo de la área de Chicago por medio de traer consigo copias firmadas de la 'Resoluci"n de matrimonio', una declaraci"n de apoyo para la libertad de casarse.

Sucediendo solo unos meses después de que Lambda Legal archiv" una demanda en New Jersey a favor de siete parejas que han estado juntas entre 10 y 30 años, la Recepci"n le ofrece tanto a parejas como personas solteras, homo y heterosexuales, una oportunidad de compartir una noche de celebraci"n con amigos, familia, lideres de fe, colegas, y vecinos que están aliados con la lucha para matrimonio de mismo sexo civil. Invitados tendrán la oportunidad de escuchar a Saundra Heath y Alicia Toby, participantes en la demanda hist"rica en New Jersey para el derecho de matrimonios del mismo sexo, mientras platican de su lucha por igualdad.

'Somos como cualquier otra pareja,' explica Alicia Toby. 'Tenemos hijos. Tenemos nietos. Hemos comprado un hogar juntas. Pagamos impuestos. ¿Por qué insiste el gobierno en discriminar contra nosotras por negarnos el derecho al matrimonio?' Su demanda, archivada con otras seis parejas también representadas por Lambda Legal, desafía esta inigualdad. Saundra Heath, pareja de Toby, añade, 'Cuando Alicia tuvo cirugía yo tomé tiempo del trabajo para cuidar de ella. Pero como no estamos casadas no cont" como 'ausencia familiar'. Significa que el tiempo que yo paso cuidando de la persona que más quiero vale menos que el tiempo de otra persona? Merecemos los mismos derechos al matrimonio, ni más ni menos.'

El Día Nacional de Derecho al Matrimonio, un día ubicado entre el día de cumpleaños de Abrahán Lincoln y el día de San Valentín, trae a mente y encadena los temas de igualdad y amor, un día cuando los partidarios del matrimonio de mismo sexo civil a través del país montan desayunos comunitarios, ceremonias matrimoniales y protestas de parejas del mismo sexo, celebraciones, y días de instrucci"n. Muchas personas todavía no entienden que parejas del mismo sexo no tienen acceso a protecciones plenas, beneficios, y responsabilidades que se disfrutan solo con un matrimonio civil. Aunque parejas del mismo sexo se comprometen en ceremonias religiosas y aunque empresas ofrecen beneficios de empleado a la pareja, estas no son sustitos para el matrimonio civil. El matrimonio civil abre la puerta a centenares de protecciones, beneficios, y obligaciones tales como el derecho a visitar a una pareja hospitalizada, derechos familiares de custodia y visitaci"n, beneficios de seguro social a una pareja sobreviviente, y derechos inmigrantes para parejas del mismo sexo internacionales.

En los días antes de la recepci"n el 12 de febrero, parejas del mismo sexo en vestidura de boda y sus partidarios caminaran por las vecindades de Lakeview, Andersonville, y el centro ( Loop ) , hablando con el público en general sobre la necesidad de protecciones legales para familias gay y lésbicas, y distribuyendo invitaciones a la recepci"n.

Pasteles de boda y aperitivos han sido donados por la generosidad de A Taste of Heaven, Coup de

Gras Catering, Sweet Mysteries, y Swedish Bakery, y la música será proveída por DJ Wanda Rodríguez.

Para informaci"n de eventos relacionados con el Día Nacional para el Derecho al Matrimonio en otras ciudades, por favor visite www.lambdalegal.org .

Organizaciones participando en la Recepci"n Derecho al Matrimonio Chicago incluyen: The Advisory Council on LGBT Issues for the City of Chicago, Amigas Latinas, Association of Latin Men for Action, Broadway United Methodist Church, Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, Chicago Free Press, Chicago Professional Networking Association, Church of the Open Door, Congregation Or Chadash, DePaul Law School's Women's Law Caucus and National Lawyers Guild and ACLU chapter, www.DykeDiva.com, Dignity/Chicago, Equality Illinois, The Evangelical Diocese of the Northwest, Gaylaw at Chicago-Kent College of Law School, Grace Baptist Church, Interweave at Unity Temple, Loyola Lambdas, OutLaw from the University of Chicago Law School, PFLAG Council for Northern Illinois, Praise Center Chicago COFC, Rainbow Families, Windy City Media Group.

Bodas andantes:

31 de enero — viernes, 4:30 a 6:30 p.m. — Lakeview

1 de febrero — sábado, 12 mediodía a 2 p.m. — Michigan Ave / Loop

9 de febrero — domingo, 12 mediodía a 2 p.m. — Andersonville

Recepci"n Derecho a Matrimonio:

Miércoles, 12 de febrero, 2003, 7-9 p.m., High Risk Gallery, 1113 W. Belmont, Chicago


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