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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)
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EDIE WINDSOR TALKS OF HAVING A "LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE GAY COMMUNITY" IN FINAL PART OF MEUSA VIDEO SERIES - Press Release, 24 July 2014
"When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said 'I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens.' -- I mean those queens changed my life. And I saw them and I loved what I saw. " ~ Edie Windsor
EDIE WINDSOR TALKS LOVE AND STRUGGLES IN THE WORKPLACE IN PART 2 OF MEUSA VIDEO SERIES - Press Release, 26 June 2014
Today, Marriage Equality USA is proud to release Part 2 in of Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words, a multi-part series of interviews with LGBTQ icon and longtime MEUSA member Edie Windsor. In this segment Edie recounts her life before and after the Stonewall uprising and her long and "persistent" courtship of her late wife Thea.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA RELEASES HISTORIC VIDEOS TO CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF WINDSOR V. UNITED STATES - Press Release, 26 June 2014
“All of this began when a now famous Marriage Equality New York (MEUSA) volunteer decided she wouldn't take "no" for an answer,” said MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva. “We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Edie Windsor and her late wife Thea for standing up for all of us. In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Windsor decision, and in appreciation for the support shown for Edie, her wife Thea, MENY, MEUSA and the entire marriage equality movement, I am proud today to launch the first in our series of intimate MEUSA interviews with Edie.”
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA CELEBRATES HISTORIC TWIN RULINGS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN UTAH & INDIANA - Press Release, 25 June 2014
"In an historic day, a federal judge in Indiana struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, followed almost immediately by the first appellate level win since last year's Windsor decision as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Utah's ban late last year."
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA'S SAN FRANCISCO AWARDS: CELEBRATING OUR HEROES AND HISTORIC MOMENTUM - Press Release, 28 May 2014
"Marriage Equality USA has a long and proud history that documents our growth from an idea in 1996 to the vigorous, national grassroots movement it is today. At this moment of historic change, our community came together to celebrate and to honor the leaders and stories that are making marriage equality a reality."
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA DELIGHTED PENNSYLVANIA MARRIAGE EQUALITY RULING NOT TO BE APPEALED, Pennsylvania becomes 19th Freedom to Marry state in the union! - Press Release, 21 May 2014
"Marriage Equality USA thanks Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for his principled decision not to appeal Tuesday’s district court ruling striking down the commonwealth’s ban on marriage equality as a violation of the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. We welcome Pennsylvania as the latest freedom to marry state, joining 18 others and the District of Columbia!"
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA'S 16TH NATIONAL GALA: CELEBRATING OUR HEROES AND HISTORIC MOMENTUM - Press Release, 20 May 2014
"Since 2012, MEUSA has helped lead 11 winning state campaigns, bringing marriage equality to over 120 million people! It was a tremendous privilege to honor those who are making historic change a reality, from Ally Awardee Mayor Bill de Blasio to grassroots leaders like Windsor-Spyer Awardee Cathy Marino-Thomas. Thanks to heroes and activists just like these, our programs have enabled hundreds of volunteers to make almost 100,000 phone calls and knock on thousands of doors to share our stories on why marriage matters. Thanks to them we continue to empower others to take the action which changes the hearts and minds of neighbors, family, friends, and government and community leaders."
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA CELEBRATES DECISION MAKING OREGON THE 18TH FREEDOM TO MARRY STATE IN THE UNION - Press Release, 19 May 2014
"There is no defense for discrimination, as the State of Oregon made clear in refusing to defend the state marriage ban in court. Today's decision brings marriage equality to the entire West Coast as the state of our unions grows ever stronger."
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO TO RECEIVE MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA 2014 ALLY HONOREE AWARD - Press Release 5 May 2014
“Mayor de Blasio has a long and impressive record supporting the LGBT community and the marriage equality movement. He worked tirelessly to establish New York City´s domestic partner registry and extend benefits to same-sex partners, as well as personally lobbying state legislators to make marriage equality a reality in New York State.”
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA LEADERS OPTIMISTIC AFTER 10th CIRCUIT HEARING - Press Release, 10 April 2014
“The courtroom atmosphere was electric, and the intense questioning from the judges really brought out the fundamental importance and the meaning of marriage. We left the courthouse filled with hope that the judges are preparing to do the right thing.”
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA LAUNCHES PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON LOGO TV AND YOUTUBE - Press Release, 8 April 2014
"By combining video, music and words, millions of people will now see the simple desire of loving same-sex couples to be treated equally so they can marry the person they love, raise a family, and care for each other for the rest of their lives. It is the most American of ideas to simply treat others the way we want to be treated, and the most American of actions to portray those ideas in a music video!"
MEUSA HOSTS APRIL 10 RALLY IN SLC FOR UTAH MARRIAGE CASE - Media Advisory, 7 April 2014
"Since the hearing will take place in Denver and many Utahns won’t be able to attend, Marriage Equality USA is hosting a local community rally in Salt Lake City that evening to keep the momentum going! Over 1,000 Utah couples who are now legally married are looking to the court to say 'I Do' to marriage so that all loving couples in Utah can once again exchange vows."
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA WELCOMES DENISE NORRIS, TRANSGENDER LEADER, TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Press Release, 31 March 2014
As a recognized leader in the transgender community, Denise brings a great depth of advocacy and organizing experience in the workplace, community, and beyond -- as well as a commitment to building a holistic movement for all LGBT-aligned individuals.
GETTING TO “I DO”: MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA TO CREATE ONLINE GALLERY OF STORIES SHARING PERSONAL JOURNEYS TO EMBRACING MARRIAGE EQUALITY - Press Release, 26 March 2014
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Cowbird, already known for its exciting multimedia projects with NPR and National Geographic, for our Getting to ‘I Do’ project. Cowbird presents an easy-to-use online tool for our marriage equality supporters around the country to combine photos, audio, and text in order to create and share a wide range of personal marriage equality journeys and stories in their own words and images.“
FEDERAL COURT RULING IN FAVOR OF MICHIGAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN FOR DOOMED ANTI-GAY STUDY - Press Release, 21 March 2014
The ruling also debunked the flawed anti-equality research of Mark Regnerus as "not worthy of serious consideration." "In particular, the judge in this case thoughtfully examined the research on LGBT families and found that the science is clear: children fare just as well whether they are being raised by same-sex or opposite-sex couples."
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