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Voices of Equality: Kim Gandy

Kim GandyKim Gandy is the President of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and principal spokesperson for the organization. She also chairs the NOW Foundation and the NOW Political Action Committee.

Gandy graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1973 with a B.S. in mathematics. Her NOW involvement inspired her to attend law school, and she received her law degree in 1978 from Loyola University School of Law.

A long-time activist, Gandy has served NOW at the local, state and national level since 1973. In 1991 she directed the WomenElect 2000 Project, a nine-month grassroots organizing and recruiting effort in Louisiana which tripled the number of women in the legislature, and turned out the women's vote to elect the first woman Lieutenant Governor and to defeat former Klan leader David Duke for governor.

In 1981, she founded the Louisiana Women's Lobby Network, serving as its director for several years. During that time she drafted several successful state bills, including the Louisiana Child Support Enforcement Act, which was used as model state legislation by the National Conference of State Legislators and Louisiana's first Domestic Abuse Assistance Act.

Gandy served on the drafting committees for two groundbreaking federal laws: the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which gave women the right to a jury trial and monetary damages in cases of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. As Executive Vice President, Gandy was responsible for NOW's legislative agenda and litigation docket, including NOW v. Scheidler, the landmark racketeering case against anti-abortion terrorists.

She served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans, and later opened a private trial practice in New Orleans where she litigated countless cases seeking fair treatment for women.

Gandy was appointed by the Louisiana governor to the state's Child Support Task Force, and was active in many community organizations, including holding office in the Association of Democratic Women, the Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC), and the Association of Women Attorneys.

Gandy lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Dr. Christopher "Kip" Lornell, an ethnomusicologist and part-time Professor of Africana Studies at George Washington University. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Cady Lornell and Katherine Eleanor Gandy.


"The rights inherent in civil marriage are incredibly basic rights. Allowing equal access to marriage promotes strong family values."

"The so-called Federal Marriage Amendment is a transparent election-year ploy to gain political profit by exploiting bigotry and hate. The Constitution should be amended to extend rights to everyone and guarantee equal treatment, and should not be marred by institutionalizing discrimination,"

"Our Constitution is about expanding and defining rights and liberties, not limiting them. Lawmakers who support a sweeping federal mandate to keep same-sex couples from the legal rights inherent in civil marriage are pandering to prejudice. This stems from the same narrow-minded and bigoted perspective that fueled miscegenation laws. In the 1960's, the civil rights movement fought for interracial couples have marriage rights--and won. We're fighting for marriage rights again, this time for same-sex couples. We'll win this struggle too."


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