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Love Makes a Family Donates Records to Yale

Connecticut’s Marriage Equality Story to be Preserved at Yale University

Love Makes a Family, a coalition of individuals and organizations that has been the leading voice in the campaign for marriage equality in Connecticut since 2000, has donated its records to the Yale University Library. Having accomplished its core mission of winning the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Connecticut, the group is ceasing operations on November 13, 2009.

The Love Makes a Family records include correspondence, planning and legal documents, photographs, minutes of meetings, reports, website content, publications, financial documents, press releases, and research and subject files. The materials will be available in Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library in New Haven, where they will be part of a growing collection of primary source material documenting gender and sexuality at the local, national, and international levels.

Carol Buckheit, Executive Director of Love Makes a Family, said, “Yale’s world class library system will allow generations of people to access and learn from Love Make’s a Family’s work to win marriage equality in Connecticut. We are extremely gratified that our civil rights legacy will be preserved for all time.”

“Love Makes a Family has been a key agent of change in local and national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights,” noted Christine Weideman, Director of Manuscripts and Archives. “Their records will provide valuable insight into the same-sex marriage movement and will be of essential value to scholars, students, and activists. We are honored to be entrusted with their preservation.”

Manuscripts and Archives, a department of Yale University Library, is a major center for historical inquiry and also serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. The Yale University Library supports all areas of current and historical lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender scholarship at Yale.

Records designated by Love Makes a Family as open to research will be available by spring, 2010.

For more information about the records, contact Mary Caldera in Manuscripts and Archives at (203) 432-8019 or mary.caldera@yale.edu.