5 Ways to Support Same-Sex Marriage After New York's Landmark Vote

There are many more states to go!
Joe Bednar (R) and Phil Mason celebrate at the Gay Pride parade on June 26, 2011, in NYC. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jun 27, 2011
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

New York just became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. It is by far the largest state to do so, and gay rights advocates are hoping to keep the momentum going.

Fred Sainz, vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, told the Associated Press, "New York sends the message that marriage equality across the country is a question of 'when,' not 'if.'"

Here are five ways you can take action and support the freedom to marry.

1. Sign the Freedom to Marry Pledge

Pledge to support marriage rights for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation and work toward enabling same-sex couples and their families to share equally in the responsibilities, protections, and commitments of marriage.

2. Write to Your Legislator and Help Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act

Victories at the state level have made it possible for thousands of same-sex couples to legally wed. However, because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), these couples are discriminated against under federal law. They are denied protections such as Social Security survivors' benefits, equal treatment under U.S. immigration laws, and the right to take leave to care for a spouse. Write to your legislator and urge them to repeal DOMA today.

3. Join the Case to Overturn Prop 8 in California

Three years ago, in May 2008, California's Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the equal right to marry. That was overruled in November of 2008 by voters in favor of Prop 8. The American Foundation for Equal Rights is leading the groundbreaking federal court case against California’s Proposition 8. Join the fight for the freedom to marry in California here.

4. Connect With the Human Rights Campaign Community

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. Join the Facebook community and follow them on Twitter to stay connected and up to date.

5. Advocate for the Freedom to Marry in Your State

Go to the Freedom to Marry's site and learn about gay marriage legislation and advocacy campaigns at the state and local level.

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