STATUS: Anti-marriage constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State activists are working toward fairness for all of Missouri's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: On August 3, 2004, anti-gay forces in Missouri pushed through Constitutional Amendment 2, an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- PROMO is Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.
- 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, 10,557 same-sex couples are living in Missouri, representing 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
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Resources Related to Missouri
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Missouri.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".