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.

Blog Posts Related to Georgia

More than 3,000 Georgians urge Attorney General to stop defending discrimination

This week, on July 21, Georgia Equality delivered more than 3,080 petitions signed by Georgia residents urging Attorney General Sam Olens to drop his defense of the state's constitutional amendment that restricts marriage to different-sex couples.

Georgia Lawyers for the Freedom to Marry launches with more than 200 pledge signers

Today, Southerners for the Freedom to Marry – in partnership with our friends at Georgia Equality – announced Georgia Lawyers for the Freedom to Marry, a bipartisan list of more than 200 Georgia attorneys who are adding their names to the growing list of Georgians who support marriage for same-sex couples.

Lambda Legal files federal marriage lawsuit with same-sex couples in Georgia

Today, Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Georgia and respect for marriages legally performed elsewhere. The lawsuit joins 64 other marriage lawsuits in 30 other states/territories.

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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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