Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
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.
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.
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
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.
Beginning on Sunday, a new national television advertisement released by Freedom to Marry will begin airing on Sunday morning network news shows in Washington, D.C. The 30-second spot declares "It's time" for the freedom to marry.
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.
Resources Related to Georgia
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Georgia.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".