National Association of the Deaf

NAD Releases Statement on Marriage Equality



The Board of Directors of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) released a statement on marriage equality for all. In this statement, the NAD expresses strong support for the rights of GLBT deaf and hard of hearing individuals to marry, with all the legal protections that are afforded by marriage.

NAD Statement on Marriage Equality

The NAD affirmatively states its strong support for GLBT marriage equality, consistent with equal protections under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This stance is also consistent with the NAD mission to safeguard the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals - whose marriage rights have been suppressed throughout history. Accordingly, the NAD supports national, state and local policy or legislative initiatives that promote the right to marriage equality for all people, including GLBT deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins said, “Our stance on marriage equality reflects the historic commitment of the NAD to protection of the rights of all deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Marriage equality, and the benefits that go with marriage, are a fundamental civil right that must be accorded to everyone, including GLBT members of our community who deserve no less.”

The civil rights benefits of marriage equality will be emphasized during the 51st Biennial NAD Conference/DeaFestival Kentucky to be held July 3-7, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. On July 5, 2012, the GLBT Section of the NAD will host its Deaf Equality Luncheon; all supporters are welcome to register for the luncheon (Deadline: May 31, 2012) and for the NAD Conference.  For more information, see www.nad.org/louisville.

The NAD has invited many presenters to its Conference