Public Policy Issues

Gay and lesbian marriages: Issues and Groups

  Basic Sites

  • Legal Gay Marriage -- Gay Life -- Information about the stance of various states and countries on the issue of gay marriage
  • Same-sex marriage -- Conservapedia -- Detailed information about same-sex marriage with a conservative orientation.

  Government Sites

  • California Supreme Court: High Profile Case: Marriage Cases [PDF] -- U.S. Supreme Court -- California Supreme Court case documents and related material pertaining to challenges to California's Proposition 8 (starting November 2008) and to six cases in which (in May 2008) the court "concluded that public officials of the City and County of San Francisco acted unlawfully by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the absence of a judicial determination that the California statutes limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman are unconstitutional." --LII
  • Civil Marriages -- State of Vermont. Secretary of State -- A guide to applying for civil marriages in Vermont.
  • Same-Sex Marriages -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) -- Q&A on how marriage effects immigration and citizenship status in the U.S for same-sex couples.

  Indexes and Directories

  Interest-Group and Other Political Sites

  • Equality California -- Equality California Institute -- The largest statewide LGBT advocacy organization in California working to secure full and lasting equality for and acceptance of LGBT people. Over the past decade, Equality California has partnered with social justice advocates, businesses, grassroots supporters and legislative leaders to strategically move California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation.
  • Family Research Council (FRC) -- Christian site that debates and formulates policies that value human life and uphold traditional understandings of marriage and the family.
  • Family Research Institute (FRI) -- Conservative family-values research organization promoting socially conservative viewpoints on issues such as homosexuality, sodomy, human sexuality, and gay marriage.
  • Focus on the Family -- -- Conservative organization dedicated to strengthening the family.
  • Gay Marriage Debate -- Love and Pride -- Presents the pros and cons of same sex marriage that are being cited in the gay marriage debate and the rights of gay couples in California, New York, and Hawaii
  • Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health [PDF] -- -- An unofficial synopsis of the case in which the Massachusetts Supreme Court required the state to allow gay marriage.
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- HRC lobbies the federal government on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and AIDS issues and educates the general public. See What's Happening in Your State & in Your Community for a state-by-state breakdown of marriage prohibition laws, relationship recognition in the U.S., statewide employment laws & policies, statewide hate crimes laws, parenting laws in the U.S., and statewide laws or policies affecting schools & educational institutions.
  • Marriage Center -- Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- HRC lobbies the federal government on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and AIDS issues and educates the general public. Marriage Center provides background, breaking news and a state-by-state breakdown of marriage prohibition laws.
  • Same-Sex Marriage -- Christianity Today's coverage of and response to the gay marriage debate

  Interest-Group and Other Political Sites--Anti

  • Gay Marriage -- Catholic Answers -- Lays out the Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage.
  • National Organization for Marriage -- Nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it by challenging the legitimacy of and seeking to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage
  • Same Sex Marriages, What Does the Bible Say? -- John Edmiston -- Christian Answers Network -- Testimonies from the Bible covering homosexuality and homosexual activities, with a focus on conservative Christian values and teachings.
  • Same-sex marriage -- Conservapedia -- Detailed information about same-sex marriage with a conservative orientation.

  Interest-Group and Other Political Sites--Pro

  • Freedom to Marry -- A gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. We promote the national conversation about why marriage equality matters while bringing together partner organizations into a larger whole, a shared civil rights campaign. See conversation starters pages dealing with marriage equality and how to become more informed on issues and involvement opportunities. See "States" tab for current status of same-sex marriage in each state.
  • Marriage Equality USA -- A volunteer-driven national grassroots organization whose mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Marriage for Same-Sex Couples -- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) -- Provides information about legal challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and state-wide issues or resolutions related to marriage access
  • Out For Freedom -- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) -- Page for ACLU campaign to legalize gay marriage across the country.
  • Right to Marry -- Soulforce -- Stories, pictures, and reflections on the campaign to advocate for the right to marry

  News and Media Coverage

  • Gay Marriage -- Politico -- Up-to-date news on gay marriage
  • Same-Sex Marriage News -- New York Times -- Collection of stories appearing in the NYT related to same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships, and/or civil unions

  News and Media Sites

  • Gay Marriage News -- Huffington Post -- Latest news from the Huff Post on gay marriage developments around the world.


  • Federal Marriage Benefits Available to Same-Sex Couples -- -- Answers what benefits same-sex married couples qualify for now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the section of DOMA (federal Defense of Marriage Act) that defined marriage as a "union between a man and a woman."

  Research Centers and Other Educational Sites

  • Census 2010 LGBT Basics [PDF] -- 2010 is the first decennial census in which counts of both same-sex spouses and same-sex unmarried partners will be publically released. In the past, they combined these two groups and reported them as same-sex “unmarried partners.”
  • Gay Marriage -- The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life -- Provides a variety of resources that probe the relationship between religion and public policy on gay marriage and related issues, including reports, polling data, transcripts of its events and the latest news compiled from media nationwide.
  • Gay Marriage & Homosexuality -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life -- In recent years, the debate over same-sex marriage has grown into a nationwide controversy, reverberating in the halls of Congress, at the White House, in dozens of state legislatures and courtrooms, and in the rhetoric of election campaigns at both the national and state levels. As the debate rages on, the American religious community remains deeply divided over the issue, and over the morality of homosexuality generally.
  • Gay Marriage Opinion Polls -- -- A collection of polls on public opinions on gay marriage conducted by different sources.
  • Marriage Equality -- Amnesty International -- Reports, press releases, news updates, and opportunities to get involved in legalizing same-sex marriage.
  • The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families -- Pew Research Center -- Trends of the past 50 years that have led to a sharp decline in marriage and a rise of new family forms have been shaped by attitudes and behaviors that differ by class, age and race,
  • The Williams Project -- University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law -- Essays about the legal recognition of gay marriage and legal research on sexual orientation law and public policy.


  • Gay Marriage Opinion Polls -- -- A collection of polls on public opinions on gay marriage conducted by different sources.
  • Gay Marriage Polls -- Public Policy Polling -- Various polls and stats on public opinion regarding gay marriage.

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