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“Sharing Our Experience” Webinar Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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Marriage Equality USA is co-sponsoring a storytelling webinar hosted by Family Equality Council on Thursday, February 19. Sharing Our Experience is free and we’d love to have you join us. Sharing our personal marriage stories and experiences has proven to be our most powerful tool for changing hearts and minds in support of LGBTQ equality overall.

Please RSVP now!

Marriage Equality USA Community Call on Sixth Circuit Hearing Tonight

Monday, November 10th, 2014

MEUSA Conference CallPlease join Marriage Equality USA and partners for a national COMMUNITY CALL to be held on the evening of Monday, November 10th to discuss the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals marriage equality ruling.

TIME OF CALL: 6pm PT / 7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET

Sign up now for the call!

On 6 November 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled in marriage equality cases Bourke v. Beshear from Kentucky, DeBoer v. Snyder from Michigan, Obergefell v. Hodges and Henry v. Hodges from Ohio, and Tanco v. Haslam from Tennessee.

The Court ruled against equality, with the exception of of dissenting Judge Martha Daughtry, upholding the existing state bans on same-sex marriage and overtunring the lower court decisions in those states. There is much debate as to what happens next and if this ruling, which resulted in a Circuit Court split, will ensure that marriage will be addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States.

You are invited to our Community Call to discuss the ruling, to hear community reaction, and to ask questions about what this means for the marriage equality movement. This call is open to all supporters of marriage equality and allies — feel free to share this info!

Participants on the call will include: Chris Stoll, Senior Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Larry Dupuis, Legal Director, ACLU of Wisconsin; Kathleen Perrin, Director, Equality Case Files; and host John Lewis, Director of Legal and Policy, Marriage Equality USA. The call will be moderated by Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA.

To receive the call in information, sign up now! All attendees will receive the call information on the morning of Wednesday, August 6.

Marriage Equality USA Community Call Tonight After Ninth District Hearing

Monday, September 8th, 2014

MEUSA Conference CallJoin Marriage Equality USA and partners for a national COMMUNITY CALL to be held tonight to discuss the day’s events surrounding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals marriage equality cases.

TIME OF CALL: 6pm PT /
7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET

Sign up for the call now!

On 8 September 2014, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear oral arguments in marriage equality cases Natasha Jackson v. Neil Abercrombie from Hawai’i, Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval from Nevada, and Susan Latta v. C. Otter from Idaho. The hearing will begin at 1:00pm PDT.

You are invited to our Community Call to discuss what happened in the courtroom, to hear community reaction, and to ask questions about where we go from here. This call is open to all supporters of marriage equality and allies — feel free to share this info! Media are welcome to attend, however, the call is off-the-record.

Participants on the call will include: host John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA’s Legal and Public Policy Director: panelist Kathleen Perrin, nationally recognized legal expert, EQCF; and moderator Thom Watson, MEUSA’s Social Media Manager and Court Watcher.

To receive the call in information, sign up at http://bit.ly/1rTHtFn.

Marriage Equality USA Conference Call Tonight After 7th Circuit Hearing

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

MEUSA Conference CallPlease join Marriage Equality USA and our partners, Indiana Equality Action, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, and Fair Wisconsin for our national COMMUNITY CALL this evening, Tuesday, August 26th. We will discuss today’s events surrounding the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals marriage equality case hearings.

TIME OF CALL: 6pm PT /
7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET

Sign up for the call now!

Today the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear oral arguments in the marriage equality cases Baskin v. Bogan (consolidated with Fujii v. Dept. of Revenue and Lee v. Pence) from Indiana, and Wolf v. Walker from Wisconsin.

The hearing will begin at 9:30am ET.

You are invited to our COMMUNITY CALL to discuss what happened in the courtroom, to hear community reaction, and to ask questions about where we go from here. This call is open to all supporters of marriage equality and allies — feel free to share this info! (NOTE: Media reps please note, you are welcome to attend the call, however, the call discussion and Q&A is off-the-record.)

Participants on the call will include Chris Stoll, Senior Staff Attorney at National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR); Larry Dupuis, Legal Director at ACLU Wisconsin; Karen Celestino-Horseman (IN), of Counsel, Austin & Jones, P.C.; host Thom Watson, MEUSA’s Social Media Manager and Court Watcher; and, moderator Brian Silva, MEUSA’s Executive Director.

To receive the call in information, sign up at http://bit.ly/1rTHtFn All attendees will be emailed the call information today, Tuesday, August 26.

Marriage Equality USA Launches New Website

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

MEUSA new websiteMarriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is proud to announce the launch of a its redesigned, state of the art website featuring new and expanded features for both the media and the public.

Users will experience a clean, responsive design that immediately puts critical information at their fingertips regardless of whether viewing on a desktop or mobile device. The improved navigation and structure provides increased functionality, enabling users to quickly find the information they need. The reorganized and expanded content effectively communicates the key information about the issue, with a focus on encouraging the public to take action and on the legal cases currently driving the movement.

Key new & upcoming features include:

As the national grassroots movement working for the freedom for all loving and committed couples to access civil marriage, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is unique amongst organizations in this field and has been setting trends since its inception in 1996.

We invite the public and the media to explore the new website at www.marriageequality.org.

Marriage Equality USA Conference Call Tonight at 6 PM Pacific

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

MEUSA Conference CallDon’t forget – our national COMMUNITY CALL to discuss today’s events surrounding the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals marriage equality cases is tonight, Wednesday August 6th! We and our partners, the Fairness Campaign, ACLU-KY and Equality Michigan look forward to talking with you this evening.

TIME OF CALL: 6pm PT / 7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET

Sign up for tonight’s call now!

Today, 6 August 2014, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear oral arguments in marriage equality cases Bourke v. Beshear from Kentucky, DeBoer v. Snyder from Michigan, Obergefell v. Himes and Henry v. Himes from Ohio, and Tanco v. Haslam from Tennessee. The hearing will begin at 1:00pm EDT.

You are invited to our Community Call to discuss what happened in the courtroom, to hear community reaction, and to ask questions about where we go from here. This call is open to all supporters of marriage equality and allies — feel free to share this info!

Participants on the call will include: John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA’s Legal and Public Policy Director; Kathleen Perrin, nationally recognized legal expert; and, Regina (Gina) Calcagno, Attorney and Coalition Manager with Michigan for Marriage. Ms. Calcagno will be in the courtroom for the hearing. The call will be moderated by MEUSA’s Social Media Manager and Court Watcher, Thom Watson.

To receive the call in information, sign up at http://bit.ly/1rTHtFn. All attendees will receive the information by email today.

Edie Windsor on “Her Love Affair With the Gay Community”

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Edie and TheaToday, in honor of the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in her home state of New York, Marriage Equality USA is proud to release the final part of Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words, a multi-part series of interviews with LGBTQ icon and longtime MEUSA member Edie Windsor.

Today also celebrates the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in Edie’s home state of New York

“When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said ‘I don’t see why I have to be identified with those queens.’ — I mean those queens changed my life. And I saw them and I loved what I saw. ” ~ Edie Windsor

In this last segment Edie talks about trying to protect her family through Thea’s declining health, how she first met with attorney Robbie Kaplan, and how she continued to break the rules (not surprisingly) even on the eve of her Supreme Court victory.

“I was moved by Edie’s final thoughts on her perspective of her journey and I’m in awe of her legacy to the LGBTQ community!” commented MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva.

Each of these videos, the final being released today, explores Edie’s life through her own words as she relates her story to her friend and MEUSA colleague, Cathy Marino-Thomas. From how she met Thea and got to know the LGBTQ world during their early days together, through their struggle to get married, and eventually to the DOMA case and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words – PART 1 (June 26)
Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words – PART 2 (July 10)

Edie Windsor Talks About Love and Workplace Struggles in Second Part of Video Series

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Edie and TheaMarriage Equality USA is proud to release Part 2 in of Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words, a multi-part series of interviews with LGBTQ icon and longtime MEUSA member Edie Windsor.

In this segment Edie recounts her life before and after the Stonewall uprising and her long and “persistent” courtship of her late wife Thea. Her honest portrayal of what it was like to be queer in the workforce during this time is especially poignant considering the current debate around LGBTQ workplace discrimination issues and the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Each of these videos, the first being released today with others to follow throughout July, explores Edie’s life through her own words as she relates her story to her friend and MEUSA colleague, Cathy Marino-Thomas. From how she met Thea and got to know the LGBTQ world during their early days together, through their struggle to get married, and eventually to the DOMA case and the Supreme Court of the United States.

See Part 1 of This Video Series Here

MEUSA Releases Historic Edie Windsor Video

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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One year ago today, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases in history for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Since June 2013, every single one of the 15 court cases striking down bans on marriage equality has used the Windsor decision at the core of its legal decision.

“All of this began when a now famous Marriage Equality New York (MEUSA) volunteer decided she wouldn’t take “no” for an answer,” said MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva. “We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Edie Windsor and her late wife Thea for standing up for all of us. In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Windsor decision, and in appreciation for the support shown for Edie, her wife Thea, MENY, MEUSA and the entire marriage equality movement, I am proud today to launch the first in our series of intimate MEUSA interviews with Edie.”

Each of these videos, the first being released today with others to follow throughout July, explores Edie’s life through her own words as she relates her story to her friend and MEUSA colleague, Cathy Marino-Thomas. From how she met Thea and got to know the LGBTQ world during their early days together, through their struggle to get married, and eventually to the DOMA case and the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Join us over the next few weeks in getting to know Edie – in her own words,” said MEUSA Board Member Cathy Marino-Thomas. “It was an honor and a joy to hear Edie’s story in person, and now for us to be able to share her incredible story with the world.”

Happy Windsor Anniversary to us all!

USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality USA Community Call

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

image1297440Don’t forget to join Marriage Equality USA and People of Faith for Equality in Virginia for our national COMMUNITY CALL tonight to discuss today’s events surrounding the Virginia marriage equality case!

TIME OF CALL: 9:00pm ET / 8:00pm CT / 7:00pm MT / 6:00pm PT

Sign up now to receive call information!

This morning, 13 May 2014, the 4th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA is hearing oral arguments in the Viriginia marriage equality case, Bostic v. Schaefer.

You are invited to our Community Call this evening to discuss what happened in the courtroom, to hear the community reaction, and to ask questions about where we go from here. This call is open to all supporters of marriage equality and allies — feel free to share this info!

Participants on the call will include: John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA’s Director of Legal and Public Policy; John Humphrey, People of Faith for Equality in Virginia Board Chair and author of friend of the court brief; Kathleen Perrin, nationally recognized legal expert, who will be in the courtroom in Virginia; and Thom Watson, MEUSA Social Media Manager and court watcher.

To receive the call information, sign up at http://tinyurl.com/virginia4 and you will receive the dial-in info today by email.