MEUSA in the News
Last weekend, our community lost one of our most powerful advocates and a truly wonderful person: Marvin Burrows.
Marvin was a wonderful friend, and an inspiring activist with organizations including Marriage Equality USA, Lavender Seniors, GLOBE, Meals on Wheels, and California Senior Leaders at UC Berkeley, just to name a few. His legacy inspires us all to continue to stand up together and never give up. Read more…
MEUSA is seeking volunteers from across the country to sign up immediately to help stop a harmful ballot initiative in Indiana! Anyone with internet access, a phone, and a desire to help CAN make a difference. Read more to learn how to sign up to make calls from home or from one of several locations to support love and freedom for all Hoosiers…
In lieu of a traditional wedding registry, we created an Equality Registry, a personalized website created by MEUSA where friends and family can quickly and easily make fully tax-deductible gifts to support the important work of this organization.
For a grassroots volunteer organization like MEUSA, even a few dollars go a long way toward efforts to secure marriage equality in the more than 30 states that still prohibit loving same-sex couples from marrying.
For those of you who now have the opportunity to legally wed, please consider setting up an Equality Registry to benefit MEUSA and its critical work in your home state and across the country.
It just takes a few minutes to set up your own Equality Registry.
This Veterans Day, take a moment to thank a Veteran for his or her service. Also, take a moment to think of the men and women who are abroad putting their lives at risk so we can rest easy at home. Now, take it further and think about the partners/husbands/wives of those LGBT Servicemembers out there who wait for their loved ones to return. Or the LGBT Veteran who walks for the first time into the hospital hand in hand with his or her partner, a silent bundle of nerves waiting to be called out and shot down. Most importantly, thank a Veteran. You could be the one person who makes his or her day.
The Marriage Equality USA family lost a wonderful friend and powerful advocate this week in long-time member and leader Elmer Lokkins. Elmer and his husband Gustavo (Gus) Archilla became for many symbols for our organization’s marriage equality movement in New York State. They were together for over six decades before Gus’s death in 2012.
Marriage Equality USA and Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania (ME4PA) have formally united to enhance the work and reach of both organizations until full civil marriage equality is attained for all Pennsylvanians.
MEUSA Cheers New Jersey Supreme Court Decision; Continues to Press for Legislative Override of Governor’s Veto
MEUSA heartily congratulates same-sex couples in New Jersey who will be able to start marrying this coming Monday! The marriages follow the unanimous ruling publicized earlier today when the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to issue a stay of Judge Mary Jacobson’s Superior Court ruling requiring the state to permit and recognize such marriages beginning October 21, 2013. At the same time, our National Equality Action Team (NEAT) continues to work to secure a legislative implementation of the freedom to marry in the state.
Marriage Equality USA Executive Director Brian Silva and eight other volunteers spent October 5th in Summit, New Jersey, canvassing in support of New Jersey United for Marriage (NJUM) – the campaign to win marriage in that state. This action was part of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), MEUSA’s newest initiative to draw together winning coalitions of marriage equality supporters.
Chaired by Marriage Equality USA, NEAT is envisioned as a vehicle for national, state, local, and grassroots organizations, as well as individual organizers, to mobilize out-of-state marriage equality supporters in states with active marriage campaigns. These actions are done in coordination with, and with the support of, the local state campaigns.
Saturday afternoon, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and a number of civil rights organizations rallied at Logan Circle in Philadelphia to invigorate the late-blooming advocacy efforts for LGBT rights in Pennsylvania. Apart from raising awareness of LGBT issues, the rally marked the inaugural event for MEUSA’s newly formed Philadelphia Regional Organizing Committee.