In the States
In the states, pro-freedom Republicans are advancing the cause of freedom for LGBTQ Americans. American Unity Fund is engaging courageous pro-freedom Republicans in the fight, mobilizing grassroots support among conservatives, and ensuring advocacy campaigns are authentically bipartisan.
Despite the historic win in favor of the Supreme Court decision allowing the freedom to marry nationwide, LGBTQ Americans can still be discriminated against in 33 states.
In the past, our work of gathering of pro-freedom Republicans had impressive results in state after state. Republicans had a decisive influence on same-sex marriage victories in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Delaware. In New York, the freedom to marry passed in the first Republican-controlled legislative body in American history.
In Rhode Island, the entire Senate Republican Conference unanimously joined the growing number of conservative lawmakers in support of the freedom to marry. These thoughtful public servants have taken their stand on the right side of history. In total, 234 Republican lawmakers across the country have stood out for freedom.
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court made a major decision on challenges to the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. By striking down DOMA and affirming marriage as a fundamental right that belongs to every American, the Court made it clear that states issue marriage licenses and the federal government must respect lawful marriages, rather than undermining them.
Without these historic rulings, the freedom to marry could have never gained enough traction to rule in the Supreme Court.
Looking to the future, advocates have begun to experience success in advancing non-discrimination legislation in Republican-controlled legislative chambers, most recently in Missouri and Utah. In each of these states, as well as places like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, Republican involvement will be key both to garnering the necessary votes and securing successful floor consideration.
In addition to providing direct financial support to state efforts and deploying innovative advocacy tools, American Unity Fund is consulting with local partners to ensure that legislative campaigns are authentically bipartisan in approach, integrate a strong center-right component and effectively engage Republican lawmakers and grassroots conservatives.