FTM’s “roadmap to victory” first helped movement supporters build public approval, then win over individual states. In this digital story, the Michaels reminisce about the day they finally said “I do” and how their struggle for marriage equality changed their lives – and those of others – forever. And the year filter shows how the balance tipped over the years. Its origins can be traced back to cornerstones designed, simply, to protect the rights of Canadians. Its origins can be traced back to cornerstones designed, simply, to protect the rights of Canadians. Line charts are the simplest and best way to show a trend over time. In this digital story, The Right Honourable Paul Martin discusses what inspired his decision to enact the legislation that would forever change the way Canadians define marriage. Revolutionary movements seek to completely change every aspect of society. The Supreme Court’s last big decision on same-sex marriage came two years ago when the court overturned a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, ensuring same-sex spouses equal rights to benefit. In this podcast Mr. Martin discusses the law that will always underpin his legacy, the dissent that followed his decision and the pride he feels in having taken the step forward nonetheless. In the modern era, the first legislation legalizing same-sex marriage took effect in the Netherlands on 1 April 2001. A deeply engaged LGBTQ funder group that formed in the run-up to the national election, the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC), then stepped to the fore to support the movement’s aligned plan. Brendan Kirby visualized the survey results for al.com in Alabama, which ranked last in popular support. During the course of a focused effort of less than two decades, the number of states in the US legalizing marriage for same-sex couples grew from zero to all of them, and the public’s approval of marriage equality moved from 27 percent to more than 60 percent. It was a no-brainer in the end, he says, referencing a powerful personal story and a powerful document: the Charter of Rights – as his primary influences. The U.S. Supreme Court made history Friday when it legalized same-sex marriage in every state. On July 20, 2005 Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first country outside Europe to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, thanks to the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act. The authors explore the deeply religious, rabidly political, frequently administrative, and pervasively constitutional features of the debate and consider all angles of its dramatic history. Public opinion tipped in 2010; political leadership in 2012; and in 2013 the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Tableau Public user haiyan broke down levels of support by age group. Places like Africa and parts of Asia strictly have not made significant gains toward marriage equality in recent years. © 2003-2020 Tableau Software, LLC, a Salesforce Company. This case study is part of a series that accompanies The Bridgespan Group article "Audacious Philanthropy: Lessons from 15 World-Changing Initiatives" (Harvard Business Review, Sept/Oct 2017). A social movement is typically based upon two factors - first, whom the movement is trying to change, and second, how much change a movement is advocating. How did this happen? Results of a survey released last February by the Public Religious Research Institute showed even higher support, with 54 percent of Americans in favor of same-sex marriage. That same year, the majority of U.S. senators pledged support for same-sex marriage just months after President Barack Obama became the first president to voice his support. In this podcast, the Michaels open up about what marriage equality means to them, discuss how their activism and a court case changed the course of history and offer advice for other activists and changemakers looking to transform the status quo. The landmark decision came 11 years after Massachusetts first paved the way for same-sex marriage, and decades after advocates first began fighting for equality.. As with many other social and political issues, data is a powerful tool for adding perspective. Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender, entered into in a civil or religious ceremony. But the lines also make clear that all generations have seen a similar upward trajectory in recent years. That’s when a handful of foundations came together to create the CMC, which would work in tandem with Freedom to Marry, an organization founded in 2003 that would eventually become the engine of the marriage equality movement. In retrospect, these cornerstones were seminal moments. Here are several compelling vizzes from the Tableau community that show how this divisive issue has evolved over the years. In this book, Eskridge and his coauthor, Christopher R. Riano, offer a panoramic and definitive history of America’s marriage equality debate. An initial breakthrough came late in 2003 with a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in that state. What emerged from this gathering became known as the “roadmap to victory,” and all of the movement’s leaders rallied around it. Have you seen a noteworthy visualization on same-sex marriage? This view emphasizes Europe’s geographical divide on the issue. All Rights Reserved, overturned a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, declined to hear a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, majority of U.S. senators pledged support for same-sex marriage, became the first president to voice his support. After all, social change involves one step following the next until you’re standing in front of an unprecedented ruling, at an unprecedented time and place. The story of marriage equality began long before many activists even anticipated it a possibility. The lines show the generation gaps in support for same-sex marriage. The simple line chart highlights the turning point in public opinion. The color gradient shows not only whether each state supports or opposes same-sex marriage, but also by how much. In the GIF form seen above, animation helps depict the progression of change. The map is likely the most common graphical device to show which states have legalized same-sex marriage. In the case of Marriage Equality, philanthropy played a pivotal role in two of them: Researched and written by consultants Phil Dearing and Andrew Flamang of The Bridgespan Group, based on Bridgespan interviews with Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, and Matt Foreman, senior program director for gay and lesbian rights, the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and former co-chair of the Civil Marriage Collaborative, as well as selected secondary sources. Permissions beyond the scope of this license are available in our Terms and Conditions. But even as support swelled in 2013, many states still had marriage bans in place, as this visualization by Tableau Public member April shows.