Same-sex couples need to be able to protect their relationships and their families comprehensively, and GLAD is blazing the trail. Historic legal victories don’t happen by themselves. GLAD won marriage through landmark court victories in Massachusetts—the first place in the United States to allow same-sex couples to marry— and Connecticut, as well as the earlier victory that led to Vermont civil unions. We've also played a key role in winning marriage legislatively in New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island, and at the ballot in Maine. These GLAD cases have taken the entire LGBT civil rights movement to another level.
Nonetheless, even for couples who benefit from these tremendous civil rights advances, significant inequalities remain. When same-sex couples travel or move out of state, they run the risk of having their legal relationships ignored or dismissed. Even with the defeat of DOMA, in which GLAD also played a lead role, questions remain about how some federal government agencies and programs will treat the marriages of same-sex couples.
We still have a long way to go before same-sex couples are truly equal under the law. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people deserve to be able to fall in love, express their commitment and live their lives together within the safety and comfort of legal security. GLAD is making it happen.
GLAD’s Work On This Issue
From big cities to small rural towns, from urban Connecticut to the far reaches of northern Maine, same-sex couples and their families are an integral part of the New England landscape. Legal recognition of same-sex relationships, however, is not as universal, varying from place to place and situation to situation.