Over the more than 20 year period of continuous Overbrook support for LGBT-related issues, a fundamental and striking change has occurred in the movement to claim LGBT equality. It has moved towards full inclusion in civil society with the guarantees of access to the rights, privileges and responsibilities afforded all citizens. It is no longer defensive in nature. Responding to this shift, the Foundation supports the movement for LGBT equality by offering support to those organizations whose work includes advocating for civil marriage as a central strategy for driving the movement toward LGBT rights and equality. This campaign has picked up considerable momentum in recent years.
Below are the Foundation’s 2014 grantees working to advance Marriage Equality.
Achieving Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples - $125,000
Founded in 2004, the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC) was established at Proteus Fund, a foundation committed to advancing justice through democracy, human rights and peace. CMC will support the strategic efforts of this innovative funders collaborative in moving a state-by-state public education agenda on marriage equality. The Civil Marriage Collaborative seeks to advance appreciation of and support for the freedom to marry at the state level by investing in states where winning full marriage equality is a near-term possibility and supporting selected efforts to defend existing marriage rights as needed.
General Operating Support - $50,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
Freedom to Marry is the national campaign dedicated solely to ending discrimination in marriage. It is pursuing its Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. It partners with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.
National Marriage Work - $25,000
Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. GLAD is consulting on cases and preparing amicus briefs for the explosion of marriage litigation that followed the Windsor decision and is advancing through state and federal courts. The goal of GLAD’s consultation is to ensure that each piece of marriage litigation, nearly all of which have federal claims and could land at the Supreme Court, advances the strongest arguments to secure marriage equality over the long term.
Lambda Legal’s Marriage Project - $60,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal is one of the nation’s leaders in the modern-day fight to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. In fact, Lambda Legal helped secure the first major victory for same-sex couples in 1993 when the state Supreme Court in Hawaii ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage benefits to same-sex couples. Since then, Lambda Legal has advanced marriage equality victories in numerous states, and challenged the constitutionality of the federal government’s so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
Task Force Academy Power Summit - $25,000
The mission of the National LGBTQ Task Force (the Task Force) is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by training organizers and activists to organize broad-based public education campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT and anti-progressive referenda, and advance pro-LGBT and progressive legislation. Over the next few years, LGBT and progressive communities will be engaged in landmark struggles for change. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to educate the decision makers, including voters, legislators and policy makers, who make choices that can have a profound and long-lasting impact on the lives of LGBT people.