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Justice_icon.jpgMarriage Equality USA is not a legal services organization and therefore is unable to provide legal advice of any kind. For specific legal questions/issues, please contact one of the organizations listed below. In addition, many local LGBTQ Centers maintain lists of legal service providers in their areas.

Stay informed via the MEUSA National Maps: MEUSA's primary resource for marriage lawsuit updates (under LAWSUITS-PENDING on each state and territory page) is Kathleen Perrin/Equality Case Files (EQCF). (See 2nd listing below.) Perrin is also a regular panelist on our national Community Calls, which follow each marriage lawsuit hearing in a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

In addition to our own research, we utilize information provided by Lambda Legal, the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. We thank all of these organizations for their work.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Equality Case Files (EQCF)

Providing information on litigation and legislation impacting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. (EQCF does not provide legal advice or services.)  EQCF is our primary resource for all legal filings and paperwork. Scribd   Facebook   Twitter

Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

Gay Marriage: Legal and Constitutional Issues

Resources available in or through the Ithaca College Library that should help you explore and research the topic of marriage equality, especially as it is related to legal and constitutional issues.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

The nation's oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal resource center committed to advancing the rights and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

The Williams Institute

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.


Courtesy of John Lewis, Director of Legal & Policy

7th Circuit Coalition Amicus Brief MEUSA, 5 August 2014

9th Circuit Idaho Coalition Amicus Brief MEUSA, 25 July 2014

9th Circuit Nevada Hawaii Coalition Amicus Brief MEUSA, 25 October 2013

Hollingsworth v. Perry Amicus Brief by MEUSA, 2013