Why Marriage Matters

Marriage matters to gay people in similar ways that it matters to everyone.  Gay and lesbian couples want to get married to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and to protect their families. 


Marriage says “We are family” in a way that no other word does.

Marriage is one of the few times where people make a public promise of love and responsibility for each other and ask our friends and family to hold us accountable.  

It’s as basic as the Golden Rule.  

Most straight couples wouldn’t want someone telling them they couldn’t marry, and when they think about it, many say they wouldn’t want to deny that for anyone else. 

Marriage strengthens families.  

It gives couples the tools and the security to build a life together and to protect their families.  

Why Does Marriage Matter for Gay and Lesbian Couples? Marriage 101

Answers to frequently asked questions.
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Who Supports the Freedom to Marry? Voices for Equality

See which religious and community leaders, celebrities, legislators, groups, and everyday people are speaking out in support of the freedom to marry.
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What Can You Do to Support the Freedom to Marry? Roadmap to Victory

The road to winning the freedom to marry nationwide and why we need you to make it happen!
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Want to Start a Conversation About the Freedom to Marry? 

A step-by-step guide to help you start conversations and answer questions about the freedom to marry.
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