Family Recognition

The nation is ready for every American, in every state, to be free to marry the person they love.Scroll to next panel

The Challenge

The job is far from done, even as the number of states in which same-sex couples can wed is rapidly increasing.

LGBT Americans have rarely experienced momentum like what we feel today.

The Consequences

2 Million children

in the U.S. are being raised by same sex parents, yet many are denied legal ties to their parents and other basic protections.

All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities
Hurt LGBT Families. Movement Advancement Project.
October 2011.

The Consequences


is the possible total lifetime cost to a same-sex couple that is unmarried, with almost half of that ($211,000) coming from the extra cost of purchasing health care coverage.

Tara Siegel Bernard and Ron Lieber. “The High Price of Being a Gay Couple”
The New York Times. October 2, 2009

The Power of

In March 2004, only 38% of Americans supported marriage for same-sex couples.

Gill Foundation was one of the first funders of efforts to build public support for marriage. Now, the conversation on marriage equality has entirely changed.

Today, 59% of Americans now support marriage for all committed couples.

“Support for Same-Sex Marriage Hits New High.”
Washington Post.  March 4, 2014.

The Power of Intervention

More than 38%

of the U.S. population now lives in a state that either has the freedom to marry for same-sex couples or honors out-of-state marriages.

“Where State Laws Stand.” Freedom to Marry. 

Our Approach


Explore, research, and determine where strategic investments can improve the greatest number of lives.


Prioritize philanthropic giving in states to accelerate the pace of progress where it’s needed most.


Partner with allied foundations and individuals to fund together and increase our collective impact.

Help Make a Change

We seek funding allies who will join with us.

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