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Lavender Caucus’s Dennis: Greens have led the way on LGBTQIA+ rights

lavender_greens logoMichael Dennis of the Green Party Lavender Caucus Steering Committee writes at The Huffington Post that as “the world celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia,” he is taking the “opportunity to reflect on the contributions that the Green Party has made to LGBTI persons and call upon my party to challenge itself in helping advance justice for this community.”

Dennis says the Green Party “has been ahead of the curve regarding including LGBTQIA+ persons in our policies and values. In 1984, activists nationwide gathered in St. Paul to write a share statement of belief that would become the basis of the Green Party. That statement put forth the importance of the rights of LGB persons and their families — including equal rights in marriage and adoption. This followed the lead of the original German Green Party — and followed by other Greens globally.” He notes that in her 2002 campaign for Massachusetts governor, Jill Stein became the first gubernatorial candidate to call for legal same-sex marriage “in the state that first gave us marriage justice.” Two years later, Jason West, the Green mayor of New Paltz, New York, “was arrested, handcuffed, and charged, for marrying 26 same-sex couples.”

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