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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

All Children Matter: Condensed Version

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

Census Snapshot 2010 provides data related LGBTQ couples and families compiled by the Williams Institute from the 2010 United States Census.

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).

For first time, census data on married couples includes same-sex spouses - By D'Vera Cohn of the Pew Research Center, 18 September 2014.

How to Change Your Public Position on Marriage

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.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Collection
Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.,, 202-633-3270,

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.

New Studies Show More Female Same-Sex Couples Marry than Male and Lower Divorce Rates Overall 

Data also shows large increase in same-sex marriages after Windsor decision in June 2013, even in states that already had marriage equality. Reports from the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, Released 10 December 2014

Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples

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.

Public Support for Marriage for Same-sex Couples by State

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.

Same-Sex Marriage Rights: A Timeline 1970-1998

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.

Same-Sex Planning Tool

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.

Securing Legal Ties for Children Living in LGBT Families

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.

Securing Legal Ties for Children Living in LGBT Families: A State Strategy and Policy Guide

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.

State Resource Map from the Williams Institute

Click on each state to find state-specific research on issues such as LGBTQ demographics, marriage, parenting, and workplace issues — including state-level data and maps from Census 2010.

The Cost of Being Gay

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)