Yesterday’s passage of North Carolina’s constitutional amendment and today’s announcement by President Obama have raised the issue of marriage equality in the national debate.   Leagues across the country have been active in advocating for marriage equality and delegates to the 2010 convention adopted a position of marriage equality that supports equal rights for all under state and federal law.  At a time when there are so many things dividing Americans, we should stay focused on the real issue at hand: equality of opportunity.

The full position reads:

The League of Women Voters of the United States supports equal rights for all under state and federal law.  The League supports legislation to equalize the legal rights, obligations, and benefits available to same-gender couples with those available to heterosexual couples. LWVUS supports legislation to permit same-gender couples to marry under civil law. The League believes that the civil status of marriage is already clearly distinguished from the religious institution of marriage and that religious rights will be preserved.