Blog: Why We Fight


Twenty-five years ago, qualitative researchers at John Hopkins University began following a group of 800 first-graders in Baltimore, Maryland. By conducting frequent interviews with the children and their families from first grade through adulthood, Karl Alexander and his team of researchers were able to map the socioeconomic trajectories of their young subjects.

A family’s resources and the doors they open cast a long shadow over children’s life trajectories. This view is at odds with the popular ethos that we are makers of our own fortune.”

The study’s findings contradict the long-held American ideology of rugged individualism – the belief that we are makers of our own fortune – by clearly showing that a child’s life trajectory is almost entirely determined by the resources of the family he or she is born into. Among the study’s findings, most sobering are the absence of children from low-income families in higher education and the disparity along racial lines of job opportunities for low-income men, with white men being employed at a rate 3 times that of their black counterparts.

Click here to read more about the study, or dive into the details of the findings in Alexander’s book, The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood.


“I know that many suggest we are going down a slippery slope that will have no moral boundaries. To those who truly harbor such fears, I can only say this: Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other … and rise.”

-Judge Michael McShane, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


Opponents of marriage equality, including groups such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Research Council (FRC), are working on 3 different plans to stem the marriage equality tide.  Most likely, none of them will work. The plans actually contradict each other, but that doesn’t matter to conservatives.  Their plans will take the time and energy of marriage equality proponents and that is what they want.  They are just trying to delay and disrupt as long as possible.

Here are the 3 plans:

  • DOMA-Light limits federal recognition only to states that also view the unions as legal.
  • State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 (SMDA) married couples who enter a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage would  lose their federal benefits.
  • Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (MRFA) would allow individuals to use their own religious beliefs to justify not legally recognizing a same-sex marriage. It would implement a blanket license to discriminate against same-sex marriages across the country.

Read the full article here.

This year has had a series of momentous changes for marriage equality. The Supreme Court ruling of DOMA in March has been one of the biggest, and the support from state-to-state has been one major snowball effect. Even more so was the amount of people that changed their Facebook profile pictures to the Human Rights Campaign‘s most iconic image yet: the red equality symbol. All in support for marriage equality.

On Tuesday, Facebook released a report with the numbers. Now we can just how viral this campaign was and where the support may lie throughout the United States, and the world.


According to the report, with a 98.6% precision, they identified:

3.05m users who changed their profile picture in support of marriage equality. 2.77m of these users were in the United States, followed by about 52,000 in Canada, 37,000 in Australia, 33,000 in the United Kingdom, and 22,000 in Germany.

Now that’s what we call viral! Were you one of the 3 million?

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