The Modern Day Civil Rights Movement


In the 1950s and 1960s the Civil Rights Movement forced America to accept that every person should have equal rights and protections under the law. But for gay people, that promise has not come true. A marriage has over 1,000 benefits under the law. A civil union has just a quarter of those protections, with same sex-couples often losing critical rights like hospital visitations, shared health insurance, and Social Security benefits. As an open-minded, modern nation, we cannot stand for this blatant and institutionalized inequality.

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Equal Rights for All
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. Read more.


Read the Human Rights Campaign essay: "Envisioning an Inclusive World"
Read the Human Rights Campaign essay

Endnotes & References


HRC Bus Tour - On the Road to Equality


What Can I Do?

Take the pledge at Freedom to Marry to show your support for the LGBT community.

Why? Polls show that for the first time, the majority of Americans support gay marriage. Lawmakers need to know that we’re serious!