The ACLU believes that LGBT people, like everyone else, should have the freedom to build the kinds of personal, intimate relationships most meaningful to them without risking that their families will be disregarded or harmed by the state. Since the first marriage lawsuit for same-sex couples in 1971, the ACLU has been at the forefront of both legal and public education efforts to secure relationship protections for same-sex couples and win legal recognition for LGBT relationships.

The ACLU is working to ensure that same-sex couples in all fifty states have the right to get married and have their marriages recognized in whichever state they live. We also continue to fight for other relationship protections for LGBT families.

If you feel you’ve been discriminated against on the basis of your sexual orientation or gender identity, we may be able to help.  You can click here to fill out our confidential online form.  For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.

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