Georgia

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Marriage supporters across the state are continuing to speak out in favor of equality, working to overturn anti-marriage laws in Georgia so that all same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry.

In April 2014, Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Georgia and respect for marriages legally performed elsewhere. Read more about marriage litigation in Georgia.

HISTORY:

In 2004, anti-gay forces in Georgia pushed through Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any other form of legal family status.

Although a state court ruled that the amendment violated Georgia's single-subject rule for ballot measures, the state Supreme Court, in July 2006, upheld the anti-gay amendment.

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • Georgia Equality is the political advocacy voice of Georgia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender citizens and their allies.
  • MEGA Family Project is a nonpartisan, statewide organization dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy work on behalf of LGBT families.
  • Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 

POLLING DATA:

A majority of Georgia residents (57%) say that same-sex couples should be able to either marry or join in civil union. (Public Policy Polling, August 2013)

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 21,318 same-sex couples are living in Georgia, representing 5.9 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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Finishing the Job: how marriage is moving forward nationwide

Now, as momentum surges across the country, it is more important for supporters to do all they can to speak out for the freedom to marry nationwide. Here's what's going on in the 4 other states set up for the freedom to marry soon, plus the 15 where same-sex couples continue to be denied the freedom to marry.

VIDEO: Former GOP spokesperson James Richardson calls for marriage in Georgia

This speech was delivered by James Richardson, former RNC spokesperson for the Republican National Committee and Governors Barbour and Huntsman, at an October 23 Rally for Marriage in Atlanta, Georgia, organized by Georgia Equality and Freedom to Marry.

PHOTOS: Georgians call for the freedom to marry in the Peach State with GA Equality

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Resources Related to Georgia

Georgia Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Georgia.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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