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Why Marriage Matters to Asians and Pacific Islanders

"Central behind APA support for marriage equality are children, citizenship, and civil rights. Census studies have found higher rates of parenting and non-citizenship status, as well as lower household income, among APA same-sex couples than white same-sex couples and APA opposite-sex couples. APA same-sex couples would thus stand to benefit the most from marriage equality. It would confer protections that would keep their families more safe, healthy, and intact.

Moreover, APAs have faced a long history of discrimination in the United States: wartime internment, immigration restrictions, and laws banning interracial marriage. Many APAs understand that this legacy of exclusion and unequal citizenship remains painfully real today for same-sex couples. It explains why so many APAs are now raising their voices in defense of pluralism, mutual respect, and security for all loving families."
Andy Wong
Coalition Manager, Asian Equality

View ads from Let California Ring that appeared recently across California featuring API families.

Use the key resources below to learn more about why marriage matters to Asians and Pacific Islanders.

 


 

FROM EVAN WOLFSON:

Loving equality
Huffington Post
June 12, 2007

Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson and civil rights attorney Bernard S. Cohen, who argued the Loving's case, write together about Loving v. Virginia as a milestone in racial equality, an important vindication of marriage as a cherished civil right, and a testament to the importance of fighting for equality, rather than sitting by silently, indifferently, or complacently in the face of cruel exclusion.

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STORY CENTER COUPLES:

Meet some of the Asian couples from our Story Center

Jennifer Lin and Jeanne Fong

Gita Deane and Lisa Polyak

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WHERE YOU CAN GO TO GET INVOLVED OR LEARN MORE:

Asian Equality
Asian Equality (formerly APACE) is a national ad hoc coalition of API leaders and organizations determined to fight marriage discrimination against our communities.

Asian Pacific Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays
API PFLAG is a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. We understand, and we offer our support and unconditional love.

Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

The Audre Lorde Project
The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Transgender People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, ALP works for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, ALP seeks to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Celebrating the Freedom to Marry on the 40th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia
Our page commemorates the Loving celebration in June 2007 which was co-sponsored by civil rights organizations from across the country to honor the freedom to marry as a civil right, featuring a rare public statement by Mrs. Mildred Loving (a plaintiff in the historic Loving v. VirginiaSupreme court case which ended racial discrimination in marriage) supporting the freedom to marry for all Americans.

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PUBLICATIONS:

Communications Toolkit: Talking About Marriage in Latino/a Communities
Let California Ring
The toolkit provides talking points, conversation starters, responses to tough questions, and information about writing letters to the editor.

Asian and Pacific Islanders in same-sex couples in the US: Data from Census 2000
Williams Institute
August 10, 2006

"Census 2000 data quantify that Asians and Pacific Islanders represent a significant portion of the country's gay and lesbian families. Many API same-sex couples, particularly those with children, are economically vulnerable, especially as they lack the support and protections that marriage provides to other American families."

Asians and Pacific Islanders in Same-Sex Couples in California
UCLA Williams Project
September 14, 2005

The Williams Project at UCLA School of Law released a new research study showing that over 13,000 Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs) identified themselves as living with a same-sex partner in California during Census 2000. They constitute over one-third of the 38,200 Asian/Pacific Islanders in same-sex couples identified in the U.S., more than in any other state. The study also shows that more than half of California's API same-sex couples are raising children—over 5,600 children under 18—and that these families face the same economic difficulties as other API families in the State.

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NEWS:

View news about why marriage matters to Asians and Pacific Islanders.

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MULTIMEDIA:

Margaret Cho
YouTube
November 29, 2006

Margaret Cho's stand up routine covers the religious right, gay identity, & marriage. Hilarious & pithy! (NSFW)

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Loving equality

Huffington Post
June 12, 2007

Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson and civil rights attorney Bernard S. Cohen, who argued the Loving's case, write together about Loving v. Virginia as a milestone in racial equality, an important vindication of marriage as a cherished civil right, and a testament to the importance of fighting for equality, rather than sitting by silently, indifferently, or complacently in the face of cruel exclusion.

Asian Equality

Asian Equality (formerly APACE) is a national ad hoc coalition of API leaders and organizations determined to fight marriage discrimination against our communities.

Asian and Pacific Islanders in same-sex couples in the US: Data from Census 2000

Williams Institute
August 10, 2006

"Census 2000 data quantify that Asians and Pacific Islanders represent a significant portion of the country's gay and lesbian families. Many API same-sex couples, particularly those with children, are economically vulnerable, especially as they lack the support and protections that marriage provides to other American families."

API faith leaders speak out in support of equality

Nichi Bei Times
June 7, 2007

Rev. Yoshii pledged his support for LGBT persons and their families as well. He said that the issue is a personal one for API clergy. "We know about laws that have been used against us, to exclude us to, marginalize us, to not grant us civil rights," Rev. Yoshii explained. "That's why we come and stand in support of (the marriage rights) of same-sex couples."