The Civil Marriage Collaborative is an innovative grantmaking initiative designed to strengthen and build a state-by-state movement for the freedom to marry for same-gender couples in the United States.

The Civil Marriage Collaborative partners with foundations and individual donors to award approximately $2 million each year to support broadly defined public education efforts, such as research, polling, message development and delivery, alliance building, outreach and advocacy in support of the freedom to marry. Since its founding in 2004, Civil Marriage Collaborative has invested more than $20 million in jurisdictions that now have marriage equality as well as in other key states working toward this critical social justice goal.

Nineteen states, plus the District of Columbia, now legally recognize marriage equality while several other states have had marriage bans struck down by the courts pending higher court review.

Same Sex Marriage in the United States
(as of April 1, 2015)

English (en):  Legal status of same-sex partnerships in the United States1
   Same-sex marriage legal
   Current legal status of same-sex marriage is disputed2,3,4
   Neither legal prohibition nor legal recognition of same-sex marriage
   Judicial ruling against same-sex marriage ban, stayed indefinitely pending appeal
   Same-sex marriage banned

1 Native American tribal jurisdictions have laws pertaining to same-sex marriage independent of state law. The federal government recognizes legally performed same-sex marriages, regardless of the current state of residence.
2 Only select jurisdictions within Kansas issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples; same-sex marriage is not recognized by the state government.
3 Missouri recognizes same-sex marriages performed outside the state. In addition, same-sex marriage licenses are issued by three jurisdictions within Missouri. The state's same-sex marriage ban has been overturned, but the decision is stayed indefinitely.
4 Alabama's same-sex marriage ban was overturned by a federal district court, but the state's supreme court ordered all probate judges to stop issuing licenses, which all counties have complied with.

Map source: Wikipedia

CMC in the News »