Here's the issue.

Right now, same-sex couples can marry in 17 countries, across 4 continents. Yet 1 in 3 Americans live in a state that explicitly bans marriage equality. Many of those denied have been in committed, stable relationships with the same person for 10, 20, even 50 years. Many are raising children together in a loving home. But, because they’re gay, they’re denied the freedom to marry. Does this sound like the "Land of the Free?"

 

Separate but equal?

Marriage grants thousands of federal and state protections that Americans count on to care for their families, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. While some couples can access protections and benefits through their workplaces or civil unions, they are no substitute for the full measure of security, clarity, and responsibilities of marriage itself. They’re separate, unequal and, frankly, lesser than versions of marriage that treat same-sex couples like second-class citizens.

 

We can make a difference.

So why is marriage important to you? When you love someone, you want to take care of and provide for them. You want to be there for them when they’re sick, include them on your health insurance and ensure their financial security in the event of your death or other hardship. And when kids enter the picture, you want to make damn sure the law protects them to the same extent as every other kid in the country. Gay couples are finally recognized by the federal government, and are able to marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Progress is being made. But ask yourself: Why doesn’t every state offer the freedom to marry? Don't kids deserve to grow up with equal rights and opportunities - regardless of where they live? Shouldn’t we treat all our citizens equally? Is that really too damn much to ask?

 

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