NGLTF Anti-Marriage Update

March 07, 1996

The barrage of anti-marriage legislation continues across the country. According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), 17 states are currently facing legislation intended to ban same-gender marriage. Seven other states had anti-marriage legislation introduced that has since been withdrawn or blocked, and two states (Utah in 1995 and South Dakota last month) passed such measures into law. "Rumblings abound that religious extremist groups aren't done yet and measures in more states will surface before the end of the legislative year," stated Tracey Conaty, NGLTF field organizer and representative to the National Freedom to Marry Coalition.

The Task Force, working in partnership with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund's Marriage Project and other members of the National Freedom to Marry Coalition, is assisting local activists throughout the country in defeating these anti-gay attacks in their states.

NGLTF will distribute weekly a map of state marriage legislation to media and activists around the nation to assist in the tracking of these measures. NGLTF's Field Department released the first of these marriage tracking maps today.

Activists interested in obtaining a copy of the map (free) or NGLTF's marriage organizing manual, To Have and To Hold ($10), should contact Tracey Conaty or Robert Bray at the numbers listed above. Those interested in obtaining talking points on same-gender marriage and other materials can contact Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund at (212) 995-8585.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.