While there is still work to be done, several national LGBT activist groups are already turning to what they see as the next battlefield: LGBT Family Rights.
I wrote a 2013 recap / what to look for in 2014 for the Pride PAC blog. Here is the teaser....
2013 ended with 18 states and the District of Columbia recognizing same-sex marriage in some form, and while 18 is a far cry from 50, let’s not forget that those 18 states account for 228 electoral votes and 123 million people which is almost 40% of our population. (Oregon, Nevada, Wisconsin and Colorado, which account for another 32 electoral votes and 17.5 million residents, recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships or other legal status for same-sex couples.)
Also this year, President Obama included LGBT families (specifically same-sex parents) in his National Family Week proclamation: “Whether united by blood or bonds of kinship — whether led by a mother and father, same-sex couples, single parent, or guardian — families are the building blocks of American society,” This might not seem like a big deal, but it paves the way for full equality for non traditional families. With marriage equality quickly becoming a foregone conclusion, the LGBT family unit is the next, connected, battlefield.