In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website, MarriageEqualityFacts.org, to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits, and protections that marriage affords.
Created by American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, MarriageEqualityFacts.org addresses a wide range of issues and questions same-sex couples may have concerning both getting married and having their marriages recognized and respected. The guide includes information on seven topics: marriage licenses and wedding planning; parent-child relationships; social security; veterans’ benefits; retirement benefits; income taxes; and employment protections.
“Love won today,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “We all did. Today’s civil rights victory is the triumph of a decades-long movement, a compelling and smart social-change strategy, and a campaign that tenaciously drove it forward enlisting movement organizations, advocates, operatives, organizers, funders, allies, and, of course, loving couples, family members, neighbors, and, ultimately, the majority of Americans. Together we transformed people’s understanding of who we are and why marriage matters, opened hearts and changed minds, and spurred elected officials and courts to live up to America’s ideals. Freedom to Marry will work with our movement colleagues to ensure that the command of the Constitution is faithfully and swiftly implemented, bringing the freedom to marry, and the marriage conversation, to every corner of the country.”
The MarriageEqualityFacts.org website is intended to provide general information regarding major areas of marriage-based protections. Before deciding whether, when and where to marry, same-sex couples may want to consult an attorney for individualized legal advice. It is also important to remember that the particular rights and obligations of marriage can vary from state to state.