Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

This is What the Fight for Marriage Equality Looks Like

This is What the Fight for Marriage Equality Looks Like

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 3:39pm
A lot of people think that the fight for the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples is all about legal filings, demonstrations and news coverage. I'm here to tell you that it's not: it's about real people, real lives and sometimes, real tragedy. Today, as I was readying the ACLU's response to two separate Supreme Court filings, I was reminded of Midori Fujii and Garth Wangemann, their struggles and why I want to make the case for them (and so many others) in the highest court in the land as soon as possible.
The Road To Equality: 'Til Death Do Us Part And Beyond

The Road To Equality: 'Til Death Do Us Part And Beyond

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 10:01am

Life is full of unexpected ups and downs. Sometimes our greatest joys are followed by our deepest sorrows and through the good times and the bad we turn to our loved ones to guide and comfort us.

But for same-sex couples, all too often the…

The Fight for Marriage Equality: From Birth to Death and Every Moment in Between

The Fight for Marriage Equality: From Birth to Death and Every Moment in Between

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:30am

After 22 years together, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur faced the devastating reality that John would not survive another year...

One Year After DOMA: A Conversation with Edie Windsor

One Year After DOMA: A Conversation with Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor, with the ACLU's help, fought to have her marriage to her partner of 44 years respected by the federal government. And she won! It's hard to believe it's been a year since the Supreme Court struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage…

My daughter, Sarah, and I on the way to Pride

What It Means to be Sarah's Father

By Michael Grayson Norris at 9:42am

It was a frigid winter night, and my daughter Sarah was in her college years. She called to ask me to drive up to Burlington, Vermont, as soon as possible. She had something important to tell me. During the four-hour drive, my mind raced with the possibilities…

April & Ginger Aaron-Brush

Love and (Hopefully) Marriage in the Heart of Dixie

It was spring of 1997. After being introduced by a mutual friend, my sorority sister, during our sophomore year of college, April and I found ourselves inseparable. There was an immediate strong emotional connection. This bond was the beginning of…

In Colorado, Freedom Should Mean Freedom for Everyone

In Colorado, Freedom Should Mean Freedom for Everyone

By Charlie Craig at 4:54pm

It's an old tradition that a year after a couple's wedding, they eat a slice of their wedding cake.

What's less traditional?

Almost two years after getting married, sitting in court listening to legal debate about whether a bakery was…

44% of the US population lives in a freedom-to-marry state.

The Freedom to Marry Breaking Out All Over!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 3:52pm

Marriage in Oregon and Pennsylvania. Respect for existing marriages in Utah. Plus a new marriage lawsuit in Montana. From coast to coast, and several places in between, the ACLU has been propelling the marriage movement forward. Here's a round-up of…

And Pennsylvania Makes Nineteen!

And Pennsylvania Makes Nineteen!

By James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project at 4:14pm

Yesterday a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled for the freedom to marry, and today the state's governor, Tom Corbett, announced that he won't appeal the judge's ruling.

That means that Pennsylvania now becomes the 19th state in the nation…

Tamara Sheffield and Maryja Mee marry at the My Big Gay Illegal Wedding event

Twenty-Four Years of Love

By Tamara Sheffield & Maryja Mee at 3:20pm

We're like a lot of couples out there. We met in college. We've stuck by each other's side through the ups and downs. And we're involved in our local North Carolina community.

The only difference is we can't get married where we live.

That's…

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