Founded in 1996, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to building equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community through civil marriage equality in every state and at the federal level. With over 40,000 members as well as volunteer leaders and partner organizations in all 50 states, it is the largest volunteer-driven, grassroots organization of its kind engaged in education, training, organizing, action, and coalition building to win equal marriage rights and protections for LGBTQ couples and their families. MEUSA is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. (Our History)
OUR VISION & MISSION
We believe in a world that protects and celebrates families without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. Our mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for LGBTQ families at the state and federal level through grassroots organizing, education, action and partnerships.
- Local action & national service
- Accountability & respect
- Diversity & social responsibility
- Collaboration & creativity
MEUSA provides education, training and advocacy programs to empower individuals and organizations to advocate for their own equality. Our organization is the home of real people whose stories and work help to change the hearts and minds of others in order to support this critical issue. Some of our key programs include:
- Our suite of powerful education and training tools empowers individuals to do what research has shown to be the most effective method of changing minds on this issue: ¬ educate their communities, tell their stories, and interact effectively with the media to achieve marriage equality;
- As Chair of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), we have provided instrumental field support and leadership in almost every state that has won marriage equality since 2011;
- Our “License Our Love” program shows the public the painful effects that denying equality causes when LGBTQ couples request and are denied marriage licenses, and has served as a model for similar actions across the country;
- Since 2008, MEUSA has maintained one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date online portals, as well as regular email bulletins, of the most critical information in the movement for advocates, media and politicians including polls, court cases, legislation and issue¬-specific resources such as of the issue impacts social security, immigration and faith communities.
- With the support of MEUSA, over 120 million Americans now live in 19 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex couples are able to legally marry. LGBTQ families, including their children, are now allowed to enjoy the same benefits and protections that other families have and take for granted.
- As one of the lead organizations, along with Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the successful passage of marriage equality in New York, MEUSA helped to create the new, successful coalition model for equality work that has been replicated across the country.
- Provided unique leadership, training and field support in 12 successful state pushes to win marriage equality since 2011.
- Through our multiple training and education programs, MEUSA has connected communities across the country with the personal stories of their LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors to talk about why marriage equality is important.
- Founded and serves as the chair of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), a standing coalition of over 60 local, state and national organizations that provide direct field support in states working towards marriage equality.
o Since 2012, NEAT has made almost 100,000 calls to educate communities on the issue as part of state campaigns for marriage equality.
o The coalition includes members such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Organization for Women (NOW), Freedom to Marry, People for the American Way (PFAW) and the Unitarian Universalist Association.