Couples Celebrating Why It's #Time4Marriage
All across the country, millions of Americans are coming together in support of one basic message: It's time. It's time for same-sex couples from every state - from the East Coast to the West Coast to the South and Midwest - to have the freedom to marry. Committed same-sex couples live in every part of the United States, and they're celebrating their love in various ways. Whether it's a commitment ceremony in California, a wedding in New York, or even something as basic as beginning to build a life together by buying a home in their home state, these couples are demonstrating every day that they want to be able to marry for similar reasons as different-sex couples. They want to declare their love in front of their friends and families. They want their promises to each other to bear the same legal weight as different-sex couples' promises. They want to protect their families - and to protect each other. Read stories from a diverse array of couples HERE.
How DOMA Hurts Families
For 16 years, all same-sex couples in the United States faced federal discrimination because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Couples who were legally married in states where same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry were not protected at the federal level, meaning that they were not eligible for over 1,138+ protections and responsibilities afforded to different-sex couples. On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, affirming that all loving couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and treatment. The ruling marks the first step in ending DOMA, which now must be fully overturned through the Respect for Marriage Act so that couples can stop being harmed by a law that has only hurt - and never helped - couples and families since its establishment. Read Stories of Couples Hurt by DOMA.
Stories from Couples in California
Same-sex couples in California have been riding a roller coaster for the past four years. Since May 2008, when the California Supreme Court extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, thousands of families in the state have experienced momentous victories, crushing setbacks, and a relentless period of uncertainty about the future of marriage. That's because in November 2008, anti-gay forces in the state pushed through Proposition 8, which resulted in a constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples, leaving 18,000 newly married couples, and many other couples who did not marry in that five-month period, in limbo. On June 26, in a victory for California couples, the United States Supreme Court let a lower court ruling stand that invalidated Proposition 8, and the freedom to marry was restored in CA several days later. Read Stories of California Couples Who Rode the Marriage Roller Coaster.
Stories from the 2012 Ballot State Victories
On November 6, 2012, voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington voted on marriage-related ballot measures - and in all four races, the freedom to marry triumphed. Same-sex couples in Maine, Maryland, and Washington won the freedom to marry at the ballot for the very first time, and Minnesota defeated an anti-gay constitutional amendment that would have permanently limited the freedom to marry. In the months leading up to Election Day, we profiled loving adn committed same-sex couples from each state. Read Stories of Couples Celebrating Victories at the Ballot.
Happy 1st Anniversary, New York
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 marked the first anniversary of legal marriages between same-sex couples in New York. To celebrate, Freedom to Marry shared the stories of same-sex couples who tied the knot this year, celebrating their love and commitment with beautiful ceremonies and gatherings of their friends, family members, and other loved ones. Read Stories of Couples Who Married in New York.