About Marriage Equality USA
MEUSA Mission Statement
Officially founded in 2001, Marriage Equality USA is a volunteer-driven national grassroots organization whose mission is: "To secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, at the state and federal level through grassroots organizing, education, action and partnerships". We are a registered 501(c)3. (Our history)
MEUSA Empowers Grassroots Volunteer Leaders and Members
Marriage Equality USA recruits, empowers, and trains local supporters throughout the country to get engaged and step into leadership roles in their communities in support of marriage equality. One of our organizational goals is to encourage creative activism with minimal limitations while maintaining functionality. Volunteer leaders participate in regular national leadership calls, receive media trainings and talking point assistance, lobby their local elected officials, handle public speaking opportunities, are provided event tool kits, and receive organizing training and receive direct action materials and coaching to help ensure their success.
MEUSA Media Campaigns
Greater awareness lessens the fears and misconceptions regarding same-sex couples and their families. MEUSA actively sponsors and engages in letter-writing campaigns, media events, rallies, and other high-profile visibility activities. We believe exposure through all types of media, including: Film, television, public service announcements, the Internet, print,radio, and social media are extremely effective ways to educate the public at-large. By putting same-sex marriage in the news, we ensure maximum visibility. We have generated thousands of news articles highlighting local same-sex couples and their supporters. Our Communications Team responds to media inquiries from journalists and news shows seeking to speak directly to same-sex couples who are seeking the freedom to marry.
MEUSA Community Gatherings
We believe the most powerful way to persuade people to support marriage equality is to tell our stories and put real faces to both the harms of marriage discrimination and the joys of marriage equality. To this end, we organize annual events, such as marriage counter actions on Valentine's Day, Tax Equality actions in April, and Equality Walks. Our Regional Organizing Committees host community rallies and events to bring people together and enable them to actively participate in this civil rights movement.
MEUSA Coalition Building
We thrive on the support of coalitions. We are dedicated to collaborating and cooperating with other organizations and social movements to achieve common goals.
Contact Marriage Equality USA
If you have a project, an idea, some way you would like to engage or contribute in the movement, we can help! If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like more information on marriage rights for same-sex couples or Marriage Equality, please contact us!
Marriage Equality USA
P.O. Box 121, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113