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Gay rights a key concern for Jonathan Adler


As a designer, Jonathan Adler is not too worried about the recession crimping sales of his home goods.  As a newlywed, one issue that does concern him is the rights of gay couples.
Adler married Simon Doonan, the creative director at Barneys, in San Francisco last September.

As Adler told the Reuters Global Luxury Summit, he is “just trying to get my civil rights.”  He said most people do not understand rights that gay couples – even those married under state law – do not have.

“The state rights don’t really matter that much, it’s all about the federal rights,” Adler said.  “I think most people don’t understand the financial rights that are being withheld from us gays.”

(Reuters photo)