Statement on Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling

Manchester, NH, November 18, 2003

“As Governor of Vermont, I was proud to sign the nation's first law establishing civil unions for same-sex couples. Today, the Massachusetts Court appears to have taken a similar approach to the Vermont Supreme Court and its decision that led to our civil unions law. One way or another, the state should afford same-sex couples equal treatment under law in areas such as health insurance, hospital visitation and inheritance rights.

“There will be those who try to use the decision today to divide Americans. Instead, this decision should be viewed as an opportunity to affirm what binds us together-a fundamental belief in the equality of human beings, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.”

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