Six-episode docuseries follows two Texas couples bound by love and determination to build families despite hurdles, hardships and homophobia; Episode 1 available now on ATTN:
NEW YORK – Family Equality today premiered “Out in Texas,” a six-episode docuseries about the life-changing impact marriage equality has had on same-sex couples and their children since the United States Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted every American the freedom to marry.
The docuseries follows two Texas couples, whose love and determination to build families gave them the strength to overcome legal hurdles, personal hardships, and homophobia. Episode 1 of “Out in Texas” is now available on ATTN:, with new episodes dropping on Facebook every Monday and Thursday, or binge all six episodes now at www.familyequality.org/outintexas.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality ruling. According to a new report from The Williams Institute at UCLA, an estimated 293,000 same-sex couples have married since the decision came down. Couples who have married since the ruling account for more than half of the estimated 513,000 married same-sex couples in the country. The Williams Institute also reports that weddings for same-sex couples have boosted the American economy by $3.8 billion with an additional $244.1 million in state and local sales tax revenue; that spending supported an estimated 45,000 jobs for one full year.
“Marriage equality has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of loving LGBTQ+ couples for the better, finally allowing them the same opportunity to protect their families as all other Americans,” said The Reverend Stan Sloan, CEO of Family Equality. “Since the historic Supreme Court ruling five years ago, we’ve only seen more proof of what we already knew: LGBTQ+ people are as fit to parent as anyone else, and making the rights and benefits of marriage accessible to same-sex couples provides additional protections to LGBTQ+ families and their children.”
“When we saw the news that the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, we couldn’t believe it. It was validation that our union was equal,” said Stacey and Cheralyn, a Dallas-based couple featured in the docuseries. “Family Equality’s new docuseries helps show people that we’re just like any other moms, our three-year-olds throw temper tantrums in the grocery store, too.”
“When the Supreme Court ruled that every couple had the right to marry, it was such a relief — it felt like our marriage was finally like everyone else’s and our kids would at last have the same protections,” said Phillip and Greg, a Houston-area couple featured in the docuseries. “We’re so grateful to Family Equality for helping bring our story to living rooms around the country so people can see that our family is just like theirs, bound by love.”
About Family Equality
Family Equality advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Family Equality believes every LGBTQ+ person should have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of who they are or where they live. Learn more at familyequality.org.
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