Marriage Equality Resources in the U.S.
PUBLICATIONS & TOOLS
Public policy should serve the interests of all children. However, there are 2 million children being raised by LGBT parents--children from all walks of life, living in almost every U.S. county -- who have become collateral damage of ideology and laws designed to hurt LGBT people. All Children Matter is the most comprehensive look to date at these children; how they are failed by society, government and the law; and how simple changes to unfair laws can begin to ensure we are giving all children the chance to reach their full potential.
This Condensed Version offers key findings and recommendations from All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families in a 34-page "digest" format. All Children Matter: Executive Summary All Children Matter: Full Report
Elected officials -- where they stand on federal legislation that affects the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, as well as whether or not they support marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
This tool, a searchable database, is provided and maintained by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Though not directly related to marriage equality, this is a historic bill providing protections for LGBT people in the American workplace. Unfortunately, the bill is deeply flawed by the addition of inappropriate religious exemptions. Passed by the United States Senate, with bipartisan support, on 7 November 2013.
In March 2012 Third Way released a publication aimed at guiding politicians through the process of changing their public stance on marriage equality in a way that shows strength, not weakness.
MAP (Movement Advancement Project)
The Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. MAP’s work is focused on three primary areas:
One of the most helpful resources MAP provides is their Equality Maps.
Statistics from the 2010 Census; document prepared by Ned Flaherty 2 September 2012.
A national resource for same-sex couples, containing more than 200 essays, surveys, legal articles, and resources on legal marriage, ceremonies, domestic partner benefits, relationship tips, parenting, and immigration.
Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race from The Opportunity Agenda
A growing number of advocacy organizations are working at the intersection of racial justice, sexual orientation, and gender identity, challenging the myths and biases that continue to hamper the rights and opportunities of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people, especially LGBT people of color. Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race (PDF) provides important insight into public opinion about LGBT people of color and their rights, and examines related discourse in African-American media, Latino media, and social media. It also reveals challenges and opportunities for improving the media content.
April 2013 by Andrew R. Flores and Scott Barclay, The Williams Institute
From the Executive Summary: Around the issue of same-sex marriage, there has been a slate of popular and legislative actions in a number of states in the past four years. Some states have supported marriage recognition for same-sex couples while other states have prohibited it. The marked differences among states on this issue
raise three questions: the current position of each state's general population on the legality of same-sex marriage, how it differs across the 50 states and
District of Columbia, and its change since 2004. This research brief seeks to directly address those three questions.
SAME-SEX COUPLES AND MARRIAGE Model Legislation for Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry or All Couples to Form a Civil Union
August 2012 by Jennifer C. Pizer and Sheila James Kuehl for the Williams Institute.
From the Intro: Marriage and other relationship protections for same-sex couples and their families are becoming increasingly common in the United States. While more state legislatures are amending their state statutes to allow same-sex couples to access the protections and obligations of marriage, the approaches taken vary from state to state. The inconsistency of state laws is confusing and creates complications for same-sex couples and their families, businesses, and state and local governments. The Model Marriage Code and Model Civil Union Code are designed to improve consistency by offering model bill language for states wishing to offer comprehensive state-law protections and obligations to same-sex couples, and the analysis provided here places these Codes in a social science and policy context.
From the Law Library at Rutgers University; compiled by Paul Axel-Lute; originally published in September 2002 and last updated 5 June 2012.
This material is an Equal Marital Rights for Same Gender Couples educational/advocacy resource of the United Church of Christ. This is a good timeline. United Church of Christ congregations have permission to reproduce this resource for use in the local church.
The Same-Sex Planning Tool provided by nerdwallet helps couples navigate the maze of state and federal laws that govern marriage for LGBT couples. The tool outlines the 7 essential legal documents for couples wanting to protect themselves, as well as key financial and tax considerations facing same-sex couples.
The lack of legal recognition for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families harms children and threatens their ability to thrive. Children may go without health insurance or a parent may be limited in making healthcare decisions for them. Children in foster care are denied permanent homes, even when there are qualified, loving LGBT families ready, able and waiting to adopt. Children may be wrested away from the only parents they know when relationships dissolve or a parent dies or becomes disabled. And they may be unable to access financial lifelines and safety net programs designed to support families during family crisis.
Examines the outdated state laws—particularly in the areas of marriage and parenting—that largely ignore and routinely harm the roughly two million children being raised by LGBT parents. It provides an overview of the diversity and demographics of LGBT families, looks at how the paths to parenthood for LGBT parents intersect with archaic laws and practices that often leave children without legal ties to both their parents, and explores the ways in which that lack of legal ties hurts children being raised in LGBT families.
In addition, Securing Legal Ties for Children Living in LGBT Families (which expands on the content from All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families) offers a detailed framework for state policymakers to draft, pass and enact new laws that protect all children--including those living in LGBT families and other contemporary family structures--and recommendations for amending, repealing or overturning discriminatory laws that leave children without the security of legal ties to their parents.
Click on each state to find state-specific research on issues such as LGBT demographics, marriage, parenting, and workplace issues — including state-level data and maps from Census 2010.
We thank journalist Tara Siegel Bernard and the New York Times for this series, which provides a factual look at the financial realities of same-sex partnerships.
Timeline: America’s Long Civil Rights March Courtesy of PRO PUBLICA 8 July 2013
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for every American. As the sole sponsor of the federal court challenge of California’s Proposition 8, first known as Perry v. Schwarzenegger, and later known as Hollingsworth v. Perry at the Supreme County of the United States, AFER is leading the fight for marriage equality and equality under the law for every American. AFER assembled a legal team led by Theodore Olson and David Boies to demonstrate that Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution by denying millions of people equal protection under the law. On 26 June 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed Hollingsworth v. Perry on the grounds of standing.
Atticus Circle, a group dedicated to achieving equality for all parents and partners, regardless of sexual orientation.
A non-gay/gay partnership to secure full equality and recognition for same-sex couples and their families. Marriage Equality USA works closely with Freedom to Marry; we often partner on projects and often are members of the same coalitions.
New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
A grassroots organization that exists to serve and grow the constituency of everyday Americans – LGBTQ and straight – who are willing and ready to demand equality. They are committed to working with everyone, no matter the sex, gender, race, class, look, age, ability, religion, family status, and citizenship to build a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are equal. We work closely with GetEQUAL and often partner on projects and events.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality.
Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.
MAP (Movement Advancement Project)
Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA)
A national organization to secure the freedom and the right of same-sex couples to enter into legally-recognized civil marriage.
Marriage Equality USA
P.O. Box 121, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
The NBJC is a national civil rights organization of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and our allies dedicated to fostering equality by fighting racism and homophobia.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF or "the Task Force")
The national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, with the vision and commitment to building a powerful political movement: same-sex marriage press releases.
The National Latino/a Coalition for Justice fights to end discrimination in marriage. The Coalition aims to achieve its goals by promoting comprehensive public education, organizing and media outreach while working with decision-makers and grassroots activists across the country.
To raise awareness of issues that perpetuate gender inequality, to support and lobby for legislation that will eradicate sexism, and to protect the rights we have from assault and erosion.
Soulforce seeks freedom from religious and political oppression for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people.
Third Way is a think tank that answers America’s challenges with modern ideas aimed at the center. They advocate for private-sector economic growth, a tough and smart centrist security strategy, a clean energy revolution, and progress on divisive social issues, all through a moderate-led U.S. politics.
Learn about registering to vote, election facts and history, how the Electoral College works, how to contact elected officials, and more. This is a United States federal government site.
A coalition that supports same-sex commitment and equal marriage rights.
The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance. Experts at the Williams Institute have authored dozens of public policy studies and law review articles, filed amicus briefs in key court cases, provided expert testimony at legislative hearings, been widely cited in the national media, and trained thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the public. By providing new ideas and reliable information, the Williams Institute makes a difference.