Calif. Gay Marriage Counselor Says Marriage Bans Useless
In an exclusive one-on-one talk, Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal Lambda Legal (Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund) is a United States civil rights organization that focuses on gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. - a GLBT GLBT Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered civil rights legal group - and co-counsel for the recent California Supreme Court gay marriage decision, said she believed most people who voted for constitutional gay marriage bans were not aware of the harm they were committing and that the bans serve no “positive purpose whatsoever.”
Pizer discussed her views on gay marriage with OUTTAKEonline.com CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Charlotte Robinson. The Emmy-award winning producer/director has been documenting the fight for marriage equality for the past five years as it has unfolded in Massachusetts – the first state to recognize gay marriage in the U.S.
California's Supreme Court recently ruled gay couples have the constitutional right to marry in the state. Officials have said couples might begin marrying on June 16th.
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In her interview with Robinson, Pizer said that some of the state's bans are “horribly broad” excluding not only marriage, but civil unions or even registered domestic partnerships for gay couples. “...it seems unlikely that the majority of the people who cast those votes to change those laws - in that way - weren't realizing the harmful consequences of what they were doing.”
She went on to elaborate on the bans themselves, saying they accomplished nothing positive while creating real hardships on gay and lesbian families. “...these statewide rules... deny them [gay couples] really basic legal protections without helping anyone, without accomplishing any positive purpose whatsoever.”
Robinson expects release of her documentary to coincide with the fifth anniversary of gay marriage in Massachusetts – and the first anniversary for California – in 2009. You can view a short of the documentary at www.OUTTAKEonline.com.