Freedom To Marry

The gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide

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Freedom to Marry National Partners

Freedom to Marry brings together the work of gay and non-gay organizations and their many approaches—litigation, legislation, direct action, and public education—into a larger whole, a shared civil rights campaign that fosters heightened outreach to non-gay allies. Freedom to Marry's multi-disciplinary partnership also provides support to targeted state and local efforts.

How do I find State or local organizations I can work with?
Visit our STATE pages to see who's involved on the local level.

ACLUAmerican Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) | Founded: 1920
The ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures and communities throughoutthe country to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
See the ACLU's Get Busy/Get Equal Campaign.

COLAGEChildren of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) | Founded: 1990
COLAGE fosters the growth of daughters and sons of LGBT parents by providing education, support, and community, advocating for their rights and for the rights of their families, and by promoting acceptance and awareness in society.

EqFedEquality Federation | Founded: 2000
The Equality Federation is a network of state LGBT advocacy organizations. One of the most valuable roles the Federation has played in strengthening statewide organizing has been the networking opportunity afforded to state activists.

FECFamily Equality Council | Founded: 1979
Originally known as Family Pride, the Family Equality Council is a national education and civil rights organization that advances the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered parents and their families through mutual support, community collaboration, and public understanding.

GLADGay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) | Founded: 1978
Based in Massachusetts, GLAD pursues equal justice under law in all areas of importance to the LGBT communities, and to the lives of people with HIV and AIDS throughout New England, with the intention of ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. GLAD recently argued the historic Goodridge freedom to marry case in Massachusetts.

GLAADGay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) | Founded: 1985
GLAAD promotes and ensures fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Victory FundGay & Lesbian Victory Fund | Founded: 1991
The Victory Fund is committed to increasing the number of openly gay and lesbian public officials at federal, state and local levels of government by recruiting, training, and supporting openly LGBT candidates and officials.

HRCHuman Rights Campaign (HRC) | Founded: 1980
HRC is the nation's largest lesbian and gay organization working to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in their communities.

Lambda LegalLambda Legal | Founded: 1973
Lambda Legal is a national legal group committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of, and combating the discrimination against, the LGBT community, and people with HIV/AIDS, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

LCRLog Cabin Republicans | Founded: 1978
Log Cabin operates within the Republican Party for the equal rights of all Americans, including gay men and women, according to the principles of limited government, individual liberty, individual responsibility, free markets, and a strong national defense.

MEUSAMarriage Equality U.S.A (MEUSA) | Founded: 1998
Marriage Equality works to secure the freedom and the right of same-sex couples to engage in civil marriage, with all the federal and state benefits that entails, through a program of education, media campaigns, and community partnerships.
See the MEUSA's Marriage Stories.

The AssociationNational Association of LGBT Community Centers | Founded: 1994
The Association, with over 140 community centers in the U.S. nationwide, exists to support and enhance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community centers, which are engines of community organizing and liberation, and crucial to the health and strength of LGBT communities.

NBJCNational Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) | Founded: 2003
The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The Coalition works with our communities and our allies for social justice, equality, and an end to racism and homophobia.

NCLRNational Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) | Founded: 1977
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

The Task ForceNational Gay & Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force) | Founded: 1973
The Task Force is building a national civil rights movement of LGBT people through the empowerment and training of state and local leaders, and through the research and development of national policy.

NOWNational Organization for Women (NOW) | Founded: 1966
NOW is the largest organization of feminist women and men in the United States, striving to eliminate discrimination and harassment against women in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society.

Stoenewall DemocratsNational Stonewall Democrats | Founded: 1974
With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within our movement and within our party. We focus on creating change in three ways: educating the LGBT community about the differences between the political parties; mobilizing the LGBT community to get out to vote on Election Day for fair-minded Democrats; and standing up when Republicans attack our families and our civil rights while we lead the Democratic party to continue improving its record on issues important to our community.

PFLAGParents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) | Founded: 1972
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, and their families and friends, through support, education, and advocacy with the intention of ending discrimination and securing equal civil rights.

ACLUPeople for the American Way (PFAW) | Founded: 1980
People for the American Way is a national membership organization focused on protecting democratic values and institutions currently threatened by the political influence of the Radical Right.

SoulforceSoulforce | Founded: 1998
Soulforce is an interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against LGBT people through the application of the principles of non-violence as taught and lived by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

MCCUniversal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) | Founded: 1968
MCC is a Christian Church founded in, and reaching beyond, the Gay and Lesbian communities, embodying and proclaiming Christian salvation and liberation, Christian inclusivity and community, and Christian social action and justice.

Where Can Gay Couples Get Married?







Support the Respect for Marriage Act to Repeal DOMA

Support the Respect for Marriage Act by contacting your legislative leaders and friends.(Link)

Learn More About ‘Our Families Count’

Make sure LGBT families and people are accurately counted in the 2010 census.(Link)

A Decade of Progress on LGBT Rights

A new report shows the past 10 years have been a period of dramatic gains in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in America, including sharp increases in the number of LGBT Americans protected by family recognition legislation at the state level. (Link)

Freedom to Marry Week 2010

Learn more about the 13th annual Freedom to Marry Week, February 8-14, 2010. (Link)