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American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER)

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 Supreme Court of the United States dismissed Hollingsworth v. Perry on the grounds of standing.

Freedom to Marry

Freedom to Marry is a national campaign to win marriage nationwide, launched in 2003 by Evan Wolfson, a civil rights attorney. FTM is 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.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.


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. 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. We frequently use tools and research provided by MAP.

National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

The NBJC is a national civil rights organization of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and allies dedicated to fostering equality by fighting racism and homophobia. Marriage equality is one of the NBJC's issues; they are working to develop a welcoming and affirming African American support network. They believe gay and lesbian couples should have access to the same rights and legal protections as other married couples. 

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF or "the Task Force")

The mission of NGLTF is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. They do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. As part of a broader social justice movement, they work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

National Latino Coalition for Justice (NLCJ)

For the past 40 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has been changing the way Latinos live their lives in the United States and the way our country has lived up to its ideals. The NLJC 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.

The National Organization for Women (NOW)

The National Organization for Women Foundation (“NOW Foundation”) is a 501(c) (3) organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. The Foundation focuses on a broad range of women’s rights issues, including economic justice, pay equity, racial discrimination, women’s health and body image, women with disabilities, reproductive rights and justice, family law, marriage and family formation rights of same-sex couples, representation of women in the media, and global feminist issues.

People for the American Way (PFAW)

People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. Marriage equality is one of PFAW's issues and they have a national campaign to Dump DOMA (It's time to repeal the rest of DOMA).


Soulforce is a national non-profit that works nonviolently to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people. Their roots are in challenging religion-based oppression because the Religious Right is a powerful cultural and political agent with financial force underpinning its work. The beliefs, actions and rhetoric of Christian fundamentalism lead to the loss of jobs, healthcare, educational access, financial security, and social inclusion for LGBTQ people. 

Third Way

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. We use tools and research provided by Third Way.

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. We consistently use information and research provided by the Williams Institute - they are a primary resource.