Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
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.
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.
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.
Blog Posts Related to North Dakota
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.
Today, Mayor Karyn Hippen of Thompson, North Dakota signed onto Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, becoming the 400th mayor to do so - and the first from North Dakota.
This morning, two additional Senators - Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) announced support for the freedom to marry. Now, 53 U.S. Senators support marriage for same-sex couples.
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".