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Freedom to Marry - Challenging Federal Marriage Discrimination against LGBT families

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings....

APsaA Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues: Position Paper on Gay Marriage

In 1997 APsaA endorsed the following Marriage Resolution: “Because marriage is a basic human right and an individual personal choice, RESOLVED, the State should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage.”

Association for Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists - Marriage

As physicians who frequently evaluate the impact of social and family relationships on child development, and the ability of adults and children to cope with stress and mental illness, psychiatrists note the invariably positive influence of a stable, adult partnership on the health of all family members. Sustained and committed marital and family relationships are cornerstones of our social support network as we face life’s challenges, including illness and loss. There is ample evidence that long-term spousal and family support enhances physical and mental health at all stages of development....

National Center for Lesbian Rights - Marriage

NCLR is committed to assuring that LGBT couples who wish to marry are free to do so. As the past few years have dramatically illustrated, the battle to win this freedom will have a lasting impact on the pace and progress of all LGBT civil and human rights in this country—for generations. By demanding fairness and equality for our families, we have changed the terms of the debate and made unprecedented strides. NCLR is at the forefront of this historic fight...


American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Same-Gender Civil Marriage

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports civil marriage for same-gender couples – as well as full adoption and foster care rights for all parents, regardless of sexual orientation – as the best way to guarantee benefits and security for their children. The AAP policy statement, “Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian,” and an accompanying technical report was published in the April 2013 Pediatrics....

President Obama: 'We Cannot Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples When It Comes To Marriage'

"As everybody here knows, last year upon a long period of reflection, I concluded that we cannot discriminate against same-sex couples when it comes to marriage," Obama said at a Friday press conference at the White House. "The basic principle that America is founded on -- the idea that we're all created equal -- applies to everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, as well as race or gender or religion or ethnicity."...

Lambda Legal - Protecting Same-Sex Marriages

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

As a nonprofit organization, we do not charge our plaintiffs for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.

GLAD Declaration of Why Marriage vs. Civil Union

Marriage is a unique legal status conferred by and recognized by governments the world over. It brings with it a host of reciprocal obligations, rights, and protections.  A civil union is a legal status created by the state of Vermont in 2000.  It provides legal protection to couples at the state law level, but omits federal protections as well as the dignity, clarity, security and power of the word “marriage.” Civil unions are different from marriage, and that difference has wide-ranging implications that make the two institutions unequal. Here is a quick look at some of the most significant differences:  Portability, Ending a Civil Union, Federal Benefits, Taxes & Public Benefits for Family, Paperwork and Forms, Second Class Status.

What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage

What God Has Joined Together is an effort to bridge the divide between marriage-supporting and gay-supporting people of faith by showing why both sides have important things to say. By affirming marriage for all, What God Has Joined Together concurs with conservatives' call for marriage renewal and a more marriage-supporting culture. And it concurs with liberals' affirmation of everyone's right, regardless of sexual orientation, to seal love with commitment and to participate fully in the church's life and ministry.

1324 Reasons for Marriage Equality - NYC Equality and Justice for LGBT

The Empire State Pride Agenda is New York's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy group that serves as a national model for human rights.  Many of the 1,324 statutes and regulations documented here involve literally life and death matters, or give special privileges to help couples support each other and their children. Other benefits and duties, although seemingly trivial, nevertheless serve to underscore the extraordinary breadth of marriage-related law in New York, and how minutely interwoven this body of law is – and how diversely it impacts – people’s everyday lives....

American Psychological Association - Psychology’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage

....Legally married couples get access to special rights and privileges, enjoy greater relationship stability and receive social support and recognition, and that restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples is an expression of stigma. “Denying gays and lesbians access to the institution deprives them of those benefits,” he said. Other psychologists at the sessions discussed results from research on homosexuality, including:

  1. The impact of stigma. Laws that exclude lesbian, gay and bisexual people from marriage cause stress, and that stress negatively impacts physical and mental health, said Ilan Meyer, PhD, of Columbia University. The experience of living with stigma, always being vigilant and constantly needing to conceal your “authentic self” from disapproval and even violence exacerbates the pressures that everyone feels in daily life, he said.

    “The impact of not being able to express who you are has very dangerous health effects,” he said.

  2. The strengths of same-sex relationships. Surveys conducted in California showed that 75 percent of lesbians and more than half of gay men were in a relationship with one person, said Letitia Anne Peplau, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles. Data also show that similar to heterosexuals, many lesbians and gay men date in their 20s, settle down into a relationship in their 30s and maintain it long-term.

  3. How children fare. Research shows that children raised by lesbian and gay parents develop in the same positive ways that children raised by heterosexual parents do, and that same-sex couples are just as capable of providing a supportive environment for children, said Charlotte J. Patterson, PhD, of the University of Virginia.

    Research also shows that same-sex couples can effectively parent adopted children, Patterson said (see "Adopted children thrive in same-sex households, study shows").

  4. Love and marriage. When same-sex couples have the opportunity to get legally married, they run out and say, ‘I do,’ said M.V. Lee Badgett, PhD, an economist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In contrast, civil unions and domestic partnerships are not viewed as having the same emotional weight, social approval and legal protections as marriage, Badgett said.

According to the August 2010 American Psychological Association (APA) statement “Research has shown that marriage provides substantial psychological and physical health benefits due to the moral, economic and social support extended to married couples. Conversely, recent empirical evidence has illustrated the harmful psychological effect of policies restricting marriage rights for same-sex couples. Additionally, children raised by same-sex couples have been shown to be on par with the children of opposite-sex couples in their psychological adjustment, cognitive abilities and social functioning”....Click to Read Full APA Article.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA) “There is no scientific basis for the assertion that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are not fit to marry or to become parents of healthy and well-adjusted children (Herek, 2006; Kurdek, 2004; Peplau & Fingerhut, 2007). Marriage bestows substantial psychosocial and health benefits to individuals, due to the moral, economic, and social support to married couples. The denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, therefore, adversely affects the health and well-being of the individuals involved, as well as their families and friends (Herdt & Kertzner, 2006).  Recent empirical evidence illustrating the harmful psychological effect of policies restricting marriage rights for same-sex couples is discussed...Read Full APA Decree

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - National Resources

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.


Health & Human Services - The Effects of Marriage on Health: A Synthesis of Recent Research Evidence

American Psychological Association (APA) - Marriage and Family Issues for LGBT

National Association for Social Workers (NASW) - Same-Sex Marriage Fact Sheet

Gay Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) Marriage Equality Initiative

From Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling:

Download - PDF of LGBT Pre-Union Counseling- A Call to Action.pdf

Nurturing Same-Sex Relationships

References for Nurturing Same-Sex Relationships

General references on Enhancing Sexuality, Intimacy, & Relationships - facing conflicts, dealing with affairs and childhood sexual abuse

Dealing with Anti-LGBT Legislation

American Psychological Association (APA) articles involving the emotional and mental effects of dealing with stress related to anti-LGBT marriage legislation and how to cope:

Journal of Counseling Psychology - Marriage Amendment and LGB Distress.pdf

Journal of Counseling Psychology - GLBT Experience in a Time of Anti-GLBT Legislation.pdf

Journal of Counseling Psychology - Family Members Experience of Anti-GLBT Policies.pdf

Physical Health and Marriage

DOWNLOAD - Academic Medicine - Fish, Isms, Medicine, and Gay Marriage.pdf

Additional Marriage Resources:

Psychology Today 2010 research and discussion on Gay Marriage

GLBT Wedding Magazine -

Freedom To Marry - Equal Marriage Advocacy

Partners Task Force For Gay & Lesbian Couples

Information about housing & mortgages for same-sex couples


APA LGBT Advocacy Resources

GLMA Advocacy Resources

American Civil Liberties Union - Parenting Resources for LGBT Parents

National Youth Advocacy Coalition

Equality Federation - State Civil Rights Federation

Equality Forum - National/International Civil Rights

Fight OUT Loud - Fights Discrimination and Hate


PolyAmory 101 - Terminology for Poly Relationships

Love That - Alternative Relationship Structures - Poly-Resources / Bibliography

Non-Monogamy / Asexual Intimate Lifestyles

Polyamory and Relationship Choices - Love More

The Polyamory Society

Poly-Relationship Agreement - Polyamory Society

Alternatives to Marriage Project -

Poly Weekly - Poly Related News Feeds

Loving More Poly Parenting Discussion Group

How to Screw Up a Poly Relationship - A Facetious Guide To Dysfunction

NCSF - National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

CARAS - Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities

NFNC - Network for a New Culture - Evolution of Human Community

Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund

WSFA - Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

Human Awareness Institute - Love and Intimacy Workshops

The Body Electric Workshops - Men’s Erotic Healing of Body Image and Sexuality

Gay Love - Sex, Spirit and Tantra


Fellowship for Intentional Community - Alternative Communities

OUR Ecovillage - Sustainable Communities

CoHousing - Sustainable Communities

The Foundation for Community - For those Desiring Community in their Lives - Facilitating Personal and Global Social Evolution


Find Your Understanding & Its Time - Same-Sex Marriage

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