Parties and movements on marriage equality

The North Carolina Democratic Party recently voted to oppose the marriage discrimination amendment, and form the NC LGBT Democratic Caucus. That got me thinking and wondering about where other parties and movements stand, and where support for equality is coming from. Here is what I found. Feel free to add to it.

The Green Party recognizes the equal rights of persons who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, transsexual, queer, or transgender to housing, jobs, civil marriage, medical benefits, child custody, and in all areas of life including equal tax treatment.

The Green Party will enact a policy that the U.S. Government recognize all international marriages and legal equivalents, such as civil unions, in processing visitor and immigration Visas.

Ensuring civil unions and equal federal rights for LGBT couples, as well as fully repealing the Defense of Marriage Act;

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the
government's treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption,
immigration or military service laws.

I'd add that likely Libertarian nominee for President, Gary Johnson, supports marriage equality:

Government should not impose its values upon marriage. It should allow marriage equality, including gay marriage. It should also protect the rights of religious organizations to follow their beliefs.

GOP candidate Fred Karger also supports marriage equality.

I will work hard to end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pass the federal Employment Anti-Discrimination law (ENDA), eliminate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), make Gay Marriage the law of the land

Other LGBT focused Republican groups:

Though groups like Occupy and Coffee Party don't go into detail on their websites on LGBT issues, rather focusing more on getting people engaged, I can say from personal experiences that both groups have felt very welcoming and supporting of LGBT equality here in NC. At the NC Progressive Democrats meeting I went to not too long ago, they voted to join the Protect NC Families coalition that is working to defeat the amendment.

Here is Protect NC Families Coalition list:

Coalition Members

Action NC

All of Us NC

Alliance at UNC Asheville

Appalachian State University College Democrats


Asheville NOW

Beloved Community Center of Greensboro

Campaign for Southern Equality

Campus Pride

Center for Participatory Change

Citizens for Equity in Government


College Democrats of North Carolina

Commitment NC

Community United Church of Christ

Davidson College Gay-Straight Alliance

Democracy North Carolina

Disability Rights North Carolina

Diversity in Faith: A Christian Church for All People

Duke Democrats

Duke LGBT Network

Duke Together Against Constitutional Discrimination (Duke Together)

Durham People's Alliance

East Carolina College Democrats

East Carolina University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance

El Pueblo, Inc.

Epiphany Presbyterian Church

Episcopal Church of the Advocate

Equality Charlotte

Equality Winston-Salem

Family Equality Council

Guilford Green Foundation

Institute for Southern Studies

Latin American Coalition

LGBT Center of Raleigh

Lillian's List of NC

Methodist Federation for Social Action-North Carolina Annual Conference


NARAL Pro-Choice NC

National Association of Social Workers NC

National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Inc. (NCCJ)

NC NOW - North Carolina National Organization for Women

NC State University GLBT-Community Alliance

North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute

North Carolina AIDS Action Network

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

North Carolina Council of Churches

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

North Carolina Justice Center

North Carolina Policy Watch

North Carolina Social Justice Project

Orange County Democrats

Pauli Murray Project

People of Faith for Just Relationships

People’s Alliance for American Liberty

PFLAG (National)

PFLAG Alamance

PFLAG Flat Rock/Hendersonville

PFLAG Greensboro

PFLAG Hickory/Catawba Valley

PFLAG Rocky Mount

PFLAG Salisbury-Rowan

PFLAG Triangle

PFLAG Winston-Salem

Piedmont Triad Integrity

Planned Parenthood Health Systems

Planned Parenthood of Central NC

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

Rainbow Community Cares

Salem College Democrats

Salem College Student Activist Movement

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Stone Circles

The Freedom Center for Social Justice

The Firm of Mig Murphy Sistrom, CPA, PC


Triangle Coalition of Reason

Trinity UCC

Umstead United Church of Christ

UNC Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance

UNC School of the Arts GSSA

UUA Standing on the Side of Love Campaign

Unifour OneStop Collaborative

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville, NC

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks

Unity in Greensboro


Vote Against Project

Western North Carolina Citizens Ending Institutional Bigotry

Young Democrats of North Carolina

Polling on marriage equality has finally passed the 50% + support in recently years in the US, and that margin is growing, and is much larger if you ask about support for civil unions, so it's not surprising that so many organizations and movements are supporting equality.


NC Libertarian Party and Amendment One?

I recall the Libertarian Party of NC took a stand against 2010's Amendment One (no felon as sheriff).

I've been wondering if they've taken a stand on 2012's Amendment One.

I thought I saw something where the local Mecklenburg County chapter opposed it, but has the state Libertarian Party taken action?

Anybody got better contact info than their website?

Perhaps they will take a position after their annual convention in late March. Still, that's a little close to early voting in April for the May primary.


Ron Paul Libertarians

There was a contingent of libertarians at the anti-amendment rally back in September sporting their Ron Paul shirts, and opposing amendment 1.

Other good news:

An unprecedented 71.3 percent of incoming college students indicated that same-sex couples should have the right to legal marital status, compared with 64.9 percent in 2009, a remarkable 6.4 percentage-point increase over a two-year period.

We are rapidly approaching the point where it will be a definitive minority opinion amongst college students that same-sex couples should be deprived of the right to legal marriage.

Green Party and Amendment One

The Green Party has come out against it