STATUS: Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of North Dakota's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits relationship recognition for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: In 2004, anti-gay forces in North Dakota pushed through Constitutional Measure 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Equality North Dakota is a statewide gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organization.
- 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.
POLLING DATA: Support for the freedom to marry has nearly doubled in the past 8 years, with 40% of the state's residents now supporting marriage. In 2004, just 23% were supportive. (Williams Institute, 2012)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 559 same-sex couples are living in North Dakota, representing 2.0 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
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Resources Related to North Dakota
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in North Dakota.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".