Children of LGBTQ parents live in 96% of U.S. counties—and decades of research shows that those children grow up as happy, healthy and well-adjusted as their peers.
Marriage equality across the country
On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United states ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The 5-4 opinion, affirmatively declared that the U.S. constitution requires states to perform same-sex marriages.
In 2014, 80 marriage equality cases worked their way through the judicial system across the country. A recent Washington Post poll found that 61 percent of Americans believe that LGBTQ couples should be able to married.
Marriage equality on a national level ensures that LGBTQ couples are recognized for tax purposes on the same level, for healthcare decision-making and for property rights and inheritance determinations. Federally, LGBTQ couples gain access to important benefits like veterans spousal benefits and Social Security.
Marriage equality in Utah
On October 6, 2014, the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in a case that found Utah's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. This prompted the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to order the state to recognize same-sex marriages again, after it was briefly legal in the "window" starting on December 20, 2013 that lasted for 17 days.
Sherrie Swenson, the Salt Lake County clerk, started same-sex marriages up immediately around noon on October 6th, and same-sex couples started marrying again. Gov. Gary Herbert responded immediately in a press conference saying that he would respect the law and ordered Utah's county clerks to follow suit. Three days later, the state dropped the Evans v. Utah case, which was brought against the state by ACLU-Utah asking the state to recognize the over 1,000 couples that got married in the window in December/January.
Adoptions in Utah
On October 23, 2014 the Supreme Court lifted the stay on same-sex adoption of children by their non-biological parents. The uncertainty that this legal battle caused meant that families were living in fear due to uncertain family ties. Now that the Supreme Court has determined that marriage equality is a constitutional right, children are no longer wrongly separated from their parents in cases of divorce or death of the biological parent. Children are not denied basic government aid and safety net programs simply because they are the children of LGBTQ parents and their family doesn't meet a legal definition of a family in a particular state. Children in LGBTQ led households are no longer denied access to parents' health insurance coverage, quality childcare and early childhood education programs, Social Security Survivor benefits, inheritance, and more. LGBTQ parents are also able to foster children and adopt them.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people become parents because they want to provide a stable loving home to their children.