STATUS: Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Louisiana's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits any form of family status for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: In 2004, anti-gay forces in Louisiana pushed through Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Forum For Equality is a political action committee and civil rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 8,076 same-sex couples are living in Louisiana, representing 4.7 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Louisiana
This month, Freedom to Marry is working to Light Up the Map by urging mayors from all across the United States to voice their support for marriage for same-sex couples and become Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.
This week, we asked supporters of the freedom to marry to share their favorite Halloween costumes with us. We got some great entries from our supporters - and we thank everyone for submitting!
Leah and Natalie, who just moved from Mobile, AL to New Orleans, LA know that their family deserves respect - and that the love, commitment, and devotion of all families should be treated equally. They look forward to the day when they can publicly declare their love in a legal ceremony with their son Hayes.
Resources Related to Louisiana
UCLA demographers analyzing 2010 Census Bureau data have found that same-sex couples raising children are more common in the South than in any other region in the United States.
A listing of both state and national political parties that have made strong statements in support of the freedom to marry.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Louisiana.