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While a lawsuit in Pennsylvania is ongoing and we are uncertain of its ultimate outcome, one thing is clear. LGBT citizens, those who are residents of our commonwealth and indeed LGBT citizens across the entire nation, must re-evaluate their estate and tax planning.
A December 2013 poll conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove in states where gay and lesbian couples do not yet have the freedom to marry finds growing momentum in support of the freedom to marry. A majority of registered voters living in these states now support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, 51% -41%.
Momentum for the freedom to marry continues to build. And it’s clear from the past few weeks the path ahead is dynamic and full of flashpoints, including in some of the more conservative parts of the country. This memo looks at what the recent Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah court victories—and others potentially soon to come—mean in the context of our overall strategy to win the freedom to marry nationwide.
Many government departments and program facilitators have issued statements on their implementation of the DOMA Supreme Court ruling. Freedom to Marry has collected a round-up of these statements below.
The demise of DOMA marks a turning point in how the United States government treats the relationships of married same-sex couples for federal programs that are linked to being married. At the same time, a turning point is part of a longer journey, not the end of the road. There is much work ahead before same-sex couples living across the nation can enjoy all the same protections as their different-sex counterparts.
Read the 2014 update to the brochure about 'Familia es Familia' - a public education campaign co-led by dozens of Latino organizations and Freedom to Marry that works to build and amplify support for gay and lesbian people, and the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, in the Latino community.
The full text of Freedom to Marry founder and President Evan Wolfson's thesis on 'Same-Sex Marriage and Morality: The Human Rights View of the Constitution' from April 1983.
How are we going to win the freedom to marry and end marriage discrimination nationwide? Decades ago, my movement colleagues and I set out to answer that question, and then to make good on the answer.
Analysis from Freedom to Marry and Third Way demonstrates that state legislators who support the freedom to marry win their bids for reelection.
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing exactly the same questions that Mexico’s court has already resolved. When the justices take up the gay marriage cases in March, there will be more at stake than the status of American gay and lesbian couples. They will be deciding whether the United States will fall behind as its neighbors establish a new standard of human rights, or whether it will join a revolution that is well underway.
The Williams Institute reports on the various ways that the U.S. Supreme Court's review of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 in March 2013 could have far ranging economic and regulatory implications for same-sex couples and their families.
A new study suggests that psychological distress is lower among gay, lesbian and bisexual people who are legally married - compared with gay, lesbian and bisexual people who are not in unions respected by their states.
Recent public opinion data show that Latinos – especially Latino Catholics – widely favor the freedom to marry, both nationwide and in key states.
With New York State now the sixth – and largest – state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy position declaring that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is “discriminatory” and reaffirming existing AMA policy to support relationship recognition of gay and lesbian couples as a means of addressing health disparities faced by those couples and their families.
Williams Institute experts present important facts about how many couples would be helped if DOMA is repealed.