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Congratulations to the Family Equality Council
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/16/12
Last updated on: 03/17/12
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Zach Wahls who spoke out in defense of his family on the floor of the Iowa legislature.

Congratulations to the Family Equality Council on its thirtieth anniversary of serving as a network of support for glbtq families. The organization has emerged as a leading advocate on behalf of the one million glbtq parents in the United States and the two million children they are rearing.

The organization, whose name has changed several times over the years, grew out of a group called the Gay Fathers Coalition, which was formed in 1979. By 1986, it had morphed into the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International (GLPCI), a volunteer grassroots chapter-based organization whose primary purpose was to connect with and support local gay and lesbian parenting groups, while advancing the cause of the lesbian and gay parenting community.

In 1998, in an effort to be more inclusive, the organization changed its name to the Family Pride Coalition and reached out to bisexual and transgender parents.

In 2007, the name was changed to the Family Equality Council in order to convey its vision of a world that treats all loving families equally.

An outgrowth of the organization is the group, Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE), which was established in 1993. Now an independent organization, operating under its own tax-exempt status, COLAGE remains closely associated with the Family Equality Council.

Both groups work to create a world where all families are valued.

To celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, the Family Equality Council has released a video that explains its work. The video features, among others, Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire; and Zach Wahls, the young man who spoke out in defense of his family on the floor of the Iowa legislature when it was debating an attempt to overturn the state's Supreme Court decision that ordered marriage equality. A video of Zahl's remarks has gone viral several times and has been seen by millions of YouTube viewers.

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