Resources by State

ALABAMA

We developed a Resource Guide and Fact Sheet to aid families with family planning and basic legal protections.
Read the Resource Guide
Read the Fact Sheet

CALIFORNIA
Relationship Recognition

We signed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, the federal case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 in California. 

We authored an amicus brief lifting up the voices of children of LGBT families in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the same case challenging the constituionality of Proposition 8 at the US Supreme Court.  The Court dismissed the case, saying that the intervenors in the case were not harmed by the lower court's ruling and thus had no abillity to appeal (a lack of "standing").  Consequently, marriage equality has returned to California.
Read the amicus brief in the lower court

Read the "Voice of Children" amicus brief in the US Supreme Court

Safer Schools

We are part of a coalition working to respond to attacks against safer schools. In Vallejo, California, we mobilized families to support curriculums that included families with LGBT parents.
Read the news

Reparative Therapy

We submitted a letter to the Governor, asking for his signature, in support of SB 1172 which prohibits dangerous practices by mental health providers that seek to change a young person's sexual orientation.  The Governor signed the legislation and these harmful practices are now prohibited.

Read our letter

CONNECTICUT
Safer Schools

We submitted testimony in support of passing an enumerated safer schools bill that would protect all students, including students with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The bill passed.
Read our testimony

DC
Safer Schools

We are part of the Bully Free DC coalition and submitted testimony in support of an inclusive safer schools bill that now protects all students, including students with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
Read our testimony

Family Formation

We are part of a coalition which has drafted (and is working with the DC Council to pass) proposed legislation that would overturn DC's ban on surrogacy and replace it with law that provides protections to all parties while making surrogacy available to those individuals and couples for whom surrogacy is a family formation option. 

GEORGIA

We developed a Resource Guide to aid families with family planning and basic legal protections.
Read the Resource Guide
 

LOUISIANA
Adoption and Fostercare

We joined several child-welfare organizations filing an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Adar v. Smith, gay parents filing to place their names on their adopted child's Louisiana birth certificate.
Read the brief 

MARYLAND
Relationship Recognition

We were an active part of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality Coalition which helped to secure the freedom to marry for all Marylanders. 

Our Director of Public Policy, Emily Hecht-McGowan, testified before the Maryland House of Delegates in favor of the Civil Marriage Protection Act. 
Read her testimony

Family Formation

We submitted written and oral testimony on behalf of an improved surrogacy bill for Maryland.
Read our testimony

MASSACHUSETTS
Safer Schools

We submitted testimony in support of an inclusive safer schools bill that would protect all students, including students with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
Read our testimony
Brent Wright's Testimony

Nondiscrimination

We submitted testimony in favor of a Transgender Rights Bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, and public education.  The bill passed. 
Family Equality Council Testimony in support of H. 502 The Transgender Equal Rights Bill

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND SHELTERS

We are working to ensure that all families are prepared for disasters and can access the programs and services they need.  FEMA already has a broad definition of family but if you’re having trouble accessing benefits, let us know!
Disaster Assistance Available from FEMA

MICHIGAN
Safer Schools

We submitted testimony in opposition to a safer schools bill that lacked the enumerated categories that would protect students with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Read our testimony

Relationship Recognition

We signed onto two friend-of-the-court (Amicus) briefs in a federal lawsuit that challenges Michigan's ban on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.  That challenge survived a summary judgment motion and is working its way through the court system, with a trial scheduled for February 2014.
Read Amicus Brief #1 - arguing that access to 2nd parent adoption should not be governed by the recognition, or non-recognition, of the adults.
Read Amicus Brief #2 - responding to the State of Michigan's mischaracterization of the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor and arguing that harming children of same-sex couples does not help the children of opposite-sex couples.

Adoption and Foster Care

Our Senior Legislative Counsel, Denise Brogan-Kator, submitted written and oral testimony before the House subcommittee on Families, Children and Seniors in opposition to HB 4927 and HB 4928 - legislation proposed that would permit adoption and foster care agencies which receive state funding to discriminate against couples applying to their agency for any deeply held religious belief.
Read her testimony

MINNESOTA
Relationship Recognition

We were an active part of the Minnesotans United for all Families Coalition, which help to defeat a proposed amendment to the Minnesota state constitution attempting to define marriage as between one man and one woman. After the defeat of that proposed amendment at the ballot box - the first such defeat in the nation's history - the Minnesota legislature passed a marriage equality bill, which Governor Mark Dayton signed into law.  Same sex couples began marrying in Minnesota on August 1, 2013.

Safer Schools

We are members of the Minnesota Safe Schools 4 All Coalition.  Click here to learn more about the coalition.
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As members of the Safe Schools 4 All Coalition, we oppose the “neutrality policy” in place in the Anoka-Hennepin school district.
Read the opposition statment

MISSISSIPPI

We developed a Resource Guide and Fact Sheet to aid families with family planning and basic legal protections.
Read the Resource Guide
Read the post-DOMA Fact Sheet

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Safer Schools

We opposed an attempt to strip language from New Hampshire’s safer schools law that protected LGBT students and students with parents who were lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.  We successfully defeated the bill. 

NEW JERSEY
Reparative Therapy

We submitted written testimony in support of A3371, legislation which prohibits a mental health provider from engaging in psychological abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. This legislation was signed into law on August 19, 2013.
Read our testimony

NEW YORK
Relationship Recognition

We helped mobilize our New York families in support of NY marriage equality. We were so excited to share this win with our families and coalition partners. Read how our legislative council spent a week in New York working towards marriage equality.

Family Formation

We are part of a coalition to pass the "The Child-Parent Security Act" in the New York legislature, jointly introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.  This legislation would repeal New York's existing law banning surrogacy and replace it with legislation that seeks to protect all parties involved while making surrogacy available for those individuals and couples for whom it is a family formation option.  

VIRGINIA 
Adoption and Fostercare

Family Equality opposes the passage of Senate Bill 349, the so-called “conscience clause” bill for private foster care and adoption agencies. 
Read our testimony

The Williams Institute released a report stating that the "conscience clause" will cause more children to be placed into State care and fewer children to be adopted, costing the State $30,000 per child remaining in care.
Read the report 

We strongly supported the proposed regulations that would have prohibited discrimination in foster and adoptive care in Virginia. We were very disappointed when the Virginia Board of Health rejected the regulations. 
Read our comments