Edwards Statement on New Hampshire's Civil Union Law Taking Effect

(Manchester, NH)Senator John Edwards released the following statement today as New Hampshire's civil union law takes effect.

“In April of last year, Gov. Lynch and the state of New Hampshire passed a bill officially recognizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. This courageous act showed us that the idea of America – fairness, justice and equal opportunity – can become a reality when we have the courage to stand up for what is right.

“Today, the work of equality advocates comes to fruition as that law takes effect. New Hampshire’s decision to recognize civil unions and grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights granted by the state to heterosexual married couples is an important step forward on the march toward equality, fairness and justice.”