Friends & Allies of Marriage Equality USA
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Our Mission: To educate, support and mobilize California’s faith communities to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and to safeguard religious freedom.
Our network of congregations, organizations, and faith leaders work together to:
- Strengthen the critical role of faith communities in the broader LGBT equality and justice movements.
- Increase the visibility of LGBT supportive faith leaders in the media and their capacity to advocate in the public arena.
- Provide cutting-edge research and tools at the intersection of religion and LGBT equality.
- Train congregational leaders to make LGBT equality a concrete and ongoing part of their messages and programs.Equip secular organizations and activists to engage people of faith, and heal the rift between faith communities and LGBT people.
COLAGE = People with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parent. (Oringinally Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere)
Mission: COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
Every day, across the world, people like you start campaigns on Change.org to fight for issues they care about — and the Change.org team works to mobilize people to help them win. We believe that building momentum for social change globally means empowering citizen activists locally. That's why anyone, anywhere — from Chicago to Cape Town – can start their own grassroots campaign for change using our organizing platform.
Your campaign can be about anything. From supporting curbside recycling programs to fighting wrongful deportation to protecting against anti-gay bullying, Change.org members start campaigns around thousands of different issues. To start your own campaign, just click here.
Our mission is to build an international network of people empowered to fight for what's right locally, nationally, and globally. We hope you'll join us.
Delaware Marriage Equality is a petition initiative to obtain signatures and repeal Delaware’s ban on same-gender couples' ability to marry. This group is located on Facebook as opposed to having its own website.
Mission: Equality Federation will achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in every state and territory by building strong and sustainable statewide organizations in a state-based movement.
Founded in 1989 as Virginians for Justice, Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians. EV is a statewide, non-partisan advocacy, outreach and education organization. EV believes in a truly inclusive Commonwealth where all are equally welcomed and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality is the Houston TX social justice organization committed to equality for families headed by GLBT couples. We organize demonstrations, educational seminars, and Texas' largest same-sex wedding celebration! All of our events receive state and national attention, showing real people in real relationships that are honored by our friends, families, communities, and our many diverse faith traditions. Our government does not recognize our relationships or our rights.
Our Mission is to change hearts and minds until all GLBT people are allowed to love freely, protect their families, and share the same civil rights, protections and dignity afforded by marriage.
Freedom to Marry is willing to work closely with every organization taking part in the effort to end marriage discrimination. Freedom to Marry has a talented and diverse staff and a Steering Committee that includes non-gay allies, civil rights activists, and experts.
Our mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and our allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way.
In the wake of California’s passage of Proposition 8, a group of gay and lesbian families took to the airwaves with 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that aired throughout the state. Their purpose was to capture the hearts and minds of people who do not understand why marriage is so important to us.
- Marriage promotes families.
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Human Equal Rights Organizers formed in Arizona in early November 2008 after the passage of Prop 102 in Arizona and Prop 8 in California, both defining marriage between man and a woman. We realized at that point, our community needed to be more visible and educated about the issues that we face. HERO does this by holding monthly town hall education panels, doing community service, and holding other events and rallies. We incorporated as a non-profit in Arizona in early 2010, and are in the process of filing the 501(c)(3) paperwork with the IRS.
Our Mission: To create all inclusive coalitions to secure equal rights through Service, Action, Visibility, and Education in local communities. The acronym for the four points is S.A.V.E.
Our Vision: A world free of discrimination with equal rights and dignity for all.
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is an international organization bringing together more than 600 lesbian and gay groups from around the world. Founded in 1978, it now has more than 670 member organisations. Every continent and over 110 countries are represented. The International Lesbian and Gay Association continues to be active in campaigning for gay rights on the international human rights and civil rights scene and regularly petitions the United Nations and governments. ILGA is the only international non-profit and non-governmental community-based federation focused on presenting discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation as a global issue.
Marriage Equality USA® is a proud member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association.
The Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition is a broad coalition of groups and people working to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Maine. We are united in our belief that marriage matters to the thousands of same-sex couples who call Maine home. We are united in our belief that allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples strengthens families and strengthens the state we love. And, we are united in our hope that the people of Maine will join us in supporting the freedom to marry for all of Maine’s loving, committed same-sex couples.
The Initiative: On Jan. 26, members of The Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition delivered more than 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State to place a citizen’s initiative on the Nov. 6, 2012, ballot with the intent of allowing same-sex couples to receive a marriage license while also protecting religious freedom.
On Feb. 23, the Secretary of State confirmed that more than enough signatures had been collected to place the citizen’s initiative on the ballot.
The title of the Legislation is: “An Act to Allow Marriage Licenses for Same Sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom.”
Mainers United for Marriage has proposed that the question read:
“Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?”
The final wording of the question will be determined by the Office of the Secretary of State after a public comment period.
The citizen’s initiative would allow same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in Maine. In addition, it also provides that no clery person or religious institution is required to perform or to host a marriage against his or her religious beliefs.
The Marry Me Movement was inspired by a song, Marry Me, by the openly gay independent artist, Arro Verse, in celebration of President Obama's 2012 announcement in support of marriage equality. By supporting marriage equality through music and sports, we believe we can produce a healthier and more harmonious society for all.
Our goal is to film a documentary that tells the story of The Marry Me Movement, a movement that supports marriage equality by marrying America's favorite pastime with America's future. The Marry Me Movement's mission is to help strengthen communities across America in support of marriage equality using the creative elements of music and sports.
Our movement will travel the country and organize softball games in support of marriage equality. We are selecting diverse teams made of politicians, artists, spiritual leaders, community members, etc. all in support of our cause. Onsite, we will have multiple booths including voter registration, civil rights, and health awareness within the LGBT community. Net admission proceeds will be donated directly to non-profit organizations supporting LGBT civil rights.
The Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition includes the NAACP- Baltimore Chapter, 1199 SEIU, SEIU Local 500, ACLU-Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Equality Maryland, Human Rights Campaign, National Black Justice Coalition, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, Catholics for Equality, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, Maryland Faith for Equality, Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gay (PFLAG), Maryland National Organization for Women (NOW), Baltimore Black Pride Inc., National Center for Lesbian Rights, SEIU MD/DC State Council, CASA de Maryland, MoveOn.org, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the League of Women Voters, Jews United for Justice, the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, Marriage Equality USA and the Maryland Black Family Alliance.
Minnesotans United for All Families is a broad coalition of organizations and community and business leaders. Faith, labor, progressive, and nonpartisan organizations, communities of color, current and former elected officials, Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Independents, and Libertarians have all joined to defeat the constitutional amendment which would limit the freedoms of Minnesotans and ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota. We are a coalition founded on a strong belief in the power of marriage. We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in a Minnesota that values and supports strong families and creates a welcoming environment for all Minnesota families to thrive. And we believe that marriage matters.
Our mission is to support full equality for LGBT individuals living in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education. Formed in 2005, the organization has been an effective advocate for the community. In coalition with progressive and political allies, recent achievements include civil rights legislation to protect the LGBT community against employment and housing discrimination, safe schools legislation establishing anti-bullying policies in Iowa’s schools, and defeating anti-marriage legislation.
In the nearly three years since the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous Varnum ruling extended the freedom to marry to loving, committed lesbian and gay couples, Iowa has been at the forefront of the battle for marriage equality. Iowa plays the unique role of being the only Midwestern state that recognizes the marriages of gay and lesbian couples. Since the ruling, national anti-gay groups have launched a relentless attack on equality. One Iowa is committed to protecting equality in our state through public education efforts, supporter mobilization, and political organizing. One Iowa office: (515) 288.4019
We are a volunteer grassroots organization that addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of U.S. immigration laws on the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV+ people and their families through education, outreach, advocacy and the maintenance of a resource and support network.
NO U.S. citizen should be forced to choose between country and partner!
Our Vision: We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
Our Mission: PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
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The Respect for Marriage Coalition is a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women's organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and grow support for the freedom to marry. Marriage Equality USA is a member of the coalition.The Coalition is co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.
Washington United for Marriage is a coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, and businesses working together to secure civil marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples. We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in a Washington that supports strong families and values freedom and equality. And we believe that marriage matters.
White Knot for Equality is a non-profit organization founded in November 2008 in response to the passing of Proposition 8 in California and bans on same-sex marriage and the denial of equal rights for LGBT persons across the nation and around the world.
White Knot for Equality's mission is to work to achieve equal rights for the LGBT population by: educating people on the importance of Marriage Equality, engaging people in the conversations needed to change hearts and minds, and showing the wide-spread support Marriage Equality truly has.
We believe in peaceful and conscientious displays of support wherever there is injustice. We support the work of other organizations by providing a tool for visibility and awareness to complement their activities.
The White Knot symbol takes two traditional symbols of marriage—white and tying the knot—and combines them. It is at once a proud display of a belief in basic human rights and an invitation to conversation. White Knots are now being worn in all 50 states and in 33 other countries around the world.