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Marriage Equality Watch Will Close Down on April 30th

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

MarkandScott

Hello to all of our wonderful followers:

We wanted to let y’all know that we’re going to be winding down Marriage Equality Watch at the end of April. This has been a labor of love for us, but after more than eight years of early mornings and at least 7,000 hours devoted to this volunteer project, it’s time to move on.

We want to thank our partner organization, Marriage Equality USA, which has long been supportive of our activism. When MEUSA decided to close down, we took a long, hard look at what we were doing. While we once had 1.4 million page views a month, post-Obergefell our blog traffic has declined 120k a month.

The battle for marriage equality in the US is all but over, but we recognize that the fight for LGBTIQA rights in general continues. And there are many countries around the world where we don’t have any rights at all. Some of the folks from MEUSA are going on to NEAT to fight for housing and employment rights:

http://www.marriageequality.org/neat_joins_ffaa

Mark and I will continue to support queer-friendly wedding vendors through our PurpleUnions.com directory.

And I am personally involved in another same sex marriage project – a new book coming out from Dreamspinner Press on the Marriage Equality Day, June 26th. Called “A More Perfect Union”, the anthology will feature four wedding stories, each one written by an established, married gay author – myself, B.G. Thomas, Michael Murphy and Jamie Fessenden. If you want to be notified when it’s available, please join my mailing list here:

https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com/join-my-mailing-list/

Mark and I wanted to thank all of you who fought for equality with us – it’s been an amazing journey. We will continue to maintain the blog on our site as a history of the struggle. If you are looking for an alternate daily LBTIQA news source, we suggest HRC’s AM Equality:

http://www.hrc.org/blog/topic/am-equality

We are on the lookout for our next volunteer project, but in the meantime, we send our love out to all y’all!

–Scott & Mark