Encourages governors of 34 states to support marriage for all loving couples
NEW YORK, NY – GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today launched the 'Our Only Wish' holiday campaign, encouraging the governors of 34 states to support marriage equality for all loving and committed couples.
"LGBT families are lucky to have equal protection under the law in 16 states and Washington, D.C.," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. "But in most states, LGBT people are denied the opportunity to simply marry the person they love, putting their families at risk and burdening them with discriminatory hardships. This holiday season, our only wish is that lawmakers will support the equality of all loving families."
GLAAD is encouraging supporters to send their holiday family photos and a message of support for LGBT families to the governors of 34 states that do not have marriage equality. Supporters can participate at http://glaad.org/ouronlywish and on Twitter using hashtag #OnlyWish.
"It's a lot harder to oppose something when you can see its face and you know its name," said Cooper Smith Koch, a Texas man who shares two kids with his partner of 15 years, Todd. "That's why we're sending a holiday card to Governor Perry, so that he can see the faces of the citizens of Texas that are being harmed by inequality. And so that he can see the love that we have for our children and how it's the same as the love he has for his."
A July 2013 Gallup poll showed that 52% of Americans support the legalization of marriage for same-sex couples in all 50 states. Currently, 16 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington) and the District of Columbia allow all couples to marry.
Earlier this year, in a landmark ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, allowing the federal government to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples.