Resources in the U.S.
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
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.
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).
Email your comments, suggestions and ideas regarding LGBT issues to the Obama Administration.
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 additon of inappropriate religious exemptions. Passed by the United States Senate, with bipartisan support, on 7 November 2013.
A non-gay/gay partnership to secure full equality and recognition for same-sex couples and their families.
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 gay marriage, especially as it is related to legal and constitutional issues.
Gay Marriage Rights via Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling
This is a cool graphic that provides a severely abbreviated historical overview of the American marriage eqaulity movement.
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.
There are plenty of great resources around the web for people in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. The links [on this page] are some of the best resources on the Internet to help GLBT people and their allies get informed, empowered, and active. (This resource was contributed by students Jason, Alex, Jamie, Jessica, Amanda, and Taylor in Ms. McKnight's class - Delaware.)
Researching and Restoring Relationships; Gay & Lesbian Research.
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.
Conservative LGBT writers weigh in on marriage for same-sex couples.
Want to Get Married? Get Engaged! About Lambda Legal: At Lambda Legal, we imagine a world without discrimination and inequality, and we work to achieve that vision every day. We make the case for equality in the nation’s courts and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way all of us live—we change laws, policies and ideas.
Although largely invisible until very recently, LGBT older adults make up a significant (and growing) share of both the overall LGBT population and the larger 65+ population. While confronted with the same challenges that face all people as they age, LGBT elders also face an array of unique barriers and inequalities that can stand in the way of a healthy and rewarding later life.
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. MAP’s work is focused on three primary areas:
One of the most helpful resources MAP prvides are their Equality Maps.
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 -markers 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.
The purpose of The New Civil Rights Movement: A journal of news and opinion on gay rights and marriage equality is to keep you informed of all the issues in the gay rights arena, especially gay marriage. Because weddings are bliss, ignorance is not.
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.
Post-DOMA and Post-Prop 8 FAQS and Fact Sheets
Preliminary Marriage Equality Survey Results, via the Protest Project
Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan is the principal investigator of the Protest Project and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College. She studies protest behavior internationally by conducting surveys of demonstrators, interviews with activists and organizers, narrative analysis of media coverage of protest events, as well as event based data analysis of protest events.
Participants in demonstrations for marriage equality were asked how they and their families would be impacted, if same-sex marriage were legalized federally. Respondents were surveyed on-site at a vigil and at two rallies held at the Supreme Court from March 25-27, 2013, and participants were also surveyed online from March 23-28, 2013. The online surveys are still being accepted until June 30, 2013. Preliminary results are posted, based on a sample of 468 respondents sampled on-site and online, as of March 28, 2013.
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 dierences 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 diers across the 50 states and
District of Columbia, and its change since 2004. This research brief seeks to directly address those three questions.
(From API Equality-LA)
Although this is not specifically a marriage equality resource, we have chosen to share it on this page as we believe it is unique and particularly important. This is a “Coming Out Website” specifically designed for those who identify as API and LGBT. Q&A Space is the first website of its kind, with in-language fact sheets for parents, community resources for LGBT API youth, multi-media stories from the API LGBT community, and more.
SAME-SEX AND DIFFERENT-SEX COUPLES IN THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY: 2005-2011
By Gary J. Gates, from the Williams Institute
This research brief summarizes the demographic characteristics of same-sex couples from 2005 through 2011 using the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and compares them to different-sex couples. The analyses highlight trends and changes in the demographic diversity of same-sex couples and assess the degree to which similar changes are occurring among different-sex couples.
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.
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.
Over the next twelve months, there will be at least six likely events that will highlight the issue of marriage for gay couples. Each will spur more questions, from the media and from constituents, towards elected officials—especially those who have kept a low profile on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or allowing gay couples to marry. This memo forecasts these imminent events in order to help policymakers prepare.
Soulforce seeks freedom from religious and political oppression for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people.
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.
Federal government website dedicated to providing tools and information to stop bullying in our public schools and our society.
Please note that Marriage Equality USA is not a tax organization - we are not tax experts. We cannot guarantee the information provided on our Tax Resources page.
Teachers want to help stop bullying, but they don’t know how. That is why the Department of Education and its Safe and Supportive Technical Assistance Center, set out to create a free, state-of-the-art training for classroom teachers on bullying. The two-part training aims to help teachers know the best practices to stop bullying on the spot and how to stop it before it starts. The training toolkit consists of PowerPoints, trainer guides, handouts, and feedback forms that school districts, schools, and teachers can use free of charge. Both the National Education Associationand the American Federation of Teachersgave feedback on the modules and made suggestions on what teachers would find most useful.
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.
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. In March 2012 Third Way released a publication aimed at guiding politicans through the process of changing their public stance on marriage equality in a way that shows strength, not weakness. Click here for the PDF How to Change Your Public Position on Marriage. Click here for PDF of Third Way's report The Big Shift: Changing Views on Marriage for Gay Couples.
This training toolkit is made up of two modules that address bullying on school buses. Specifically, it is designed to assist school bus drivers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate on the school bus.
The United Farm Workers endorsed marriage equality in 2005. Our vision is to provide farm workers and other working people with the inspiration and tools to share in society's bounty. Our values are as follows. Integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is looking. Si Se Puede Attitude: ("Yes, we can.") The embodiment of a personal and organizational spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk taking. Innovation: The active pursuit of new ideas. Non-Violence: Engaging in disciplined action. Empowerment: A fundamental belief in and respect for people.
A coalition that supports same-sex commitment and equal marriage rights.
THE TOLERANCE SPECTRUM
Here is the American landscape of acceptance and rejection of gays, based on an analysis of support for gay marriage initiatives in 2012.
Sources: Analysis by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz; 2012 marriage initiative analysis by Nate Silver for The New York Times.
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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.