STATUS: Anti-marriage recognition constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Tennessee's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: In 2006, anti-gay forces in Tennessee pushed through Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. State statutes in Tennessee effectively disallow civil unions or domestic partnerships between same-sex couples by affirming that marriage (between one man and one woman) is the only legally recognized marital contract.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Tennessee Equality Project is a statewide organization dedicated to promote and sustain the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the state of Tennessee.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
POLLING DATA: Support for the freedom to marry has doubled in the past 8 years, with 32% of the state's residents now supporting marriage. In 2004, just 18% were supportive. (Williams Institute, 2012)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 10,898 same-sex couples are living in Tennessee, representing 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Tennessee
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.
Lindsey Wagoner shares her own coming out story and tracks her growth from a young girl in a sheltered Tennessee school to a confident and outspoken woman speaking out on behalf of same-sex couples and LGBT people across Tennessee.
March 30 was an amazing day for Jonathan, Dwayne, and all of their guests - a day that's hard to explain in words. Lucky for us - the couple hired a remarkable videographer, Celia Hilton, to capture the day for supporters of the freedom to marry.
Resources Related to Tennessee
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Tennessee.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".