Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders face specific concerns as they age. Because of institutionalized heterosexism, they often do not access adequate health care, affordable housing and other social services that they need.
While Americans are still split on the issue of marriage equality for same-sex couples, an overwhelming majority support equal access to the specific obligations, responsibilities and recognitions of marriage.
Marriage equality for same-sex couples has emerged as a major political issue in the United States. Senators John Kerry and John Edwards have publicly opposed same-sex marriage but supported other rights for same-sex couples.
Despite efforts by Massachusetts Republican Governor Mitt Romney to make same-sex marriage a wedge issue, all of the incumbent Massachusetts state legislators who voted against an anti-gay marriage amendment were re-elected in 2004.