Skip to main content

Love Makes a Family records

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1962

Scope and Contents

The Love Makes a Family (LMF) records consist of email correspondence, bylaws, reports, meeting minutes, research data, publications, Web pages, social media account files, topical files, interviews and testimonies, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and newspaper clippings documenting the history, structure, and activities of LMF, Inc. and its related organizations, the LMF Political Action Committee (PAC) and the LMF Foundation. The records are comprised primarily of the records maintained by Anne Stanback (president and executive director) and Carol Buckheit (associate director and executive director) and document all aspects of the organization including executive administration, strategy and policy development, fundraising, education and advocacy efforts, communications, and relationships to other marriage equailty organizations. As LMF reached its first three goals in its first year, the vast majority of the records document the effort to legalize same-sex marriage. The records document all the major developments of the marriage equality movement in Connecticut, as well as the broader national movement and its opposition. Additionally individual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons’ lives and the impact of marriage discrimination is richly documented in testimonials, public hearing statements, and interviews. To a lesser extent other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender anti-discrimination efforts in the state are also documented.

Dates for computer files were determined from the files' last modified dates and donor supplied information.

Dates

  • 1991-2010

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Series I, Box 20 is closed to research until January 1, 2025. Box 21 requires written permission to access from the Love Makes a Family trustees until January 1, 2025, after which they are open to research. Copies of commercially produced audiovisual materials contained in this collection cannot be made for researcher use outside of the repository. Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the Love Makes a Family Foundation, Inc. was transferred to Yale University in 2009. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact mssa.assist@yale.edu.

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Love Makes a Family, 2009 and 2010.

Arrangement

The records are arranged in three series: I. Administrative Records,1991-2010. II. Audiovisual Recordings and Photographs, 2000-2009. III. Website and Social Media Sites, 2009-2010.

Extent

20.25 Linear Feet (49 boxes and approximately 36 gigabytes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1962

Overview

The Love Makes a Family (LMF) records consist of email correspondence, bylaws, reports, meeting minutes, research data, publications, Web pages, social media account files, topical files, interviews and testimonies, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and newspaper clippings documenting the history, structure, and activities of LMF, Inc. and its related organizations, the LMF Political Action Committee (PAC) and the LMF Foundation. LMF's principal goals were to pass a second-parent adoption law; support efforts to pass a domestic partnership package for state employees; defeat Defense of Marriage Amendments (DOMAs) both to the state statute and the state constitution; and pass a marriage equality law for same-sex couples in Connecticut. As the first three goals were reached by 2000, the records primarily document LMF's efforts on behalf of marriage equality.

Biographical / Historical

Love Makes a Family (LMF) (1999-2009) was a Connecticut statewide coalition of organizations and individuals whose mission was to pass a second-parent adoption law; support efforts to pass a domestic partnership package for state employees; defeat Defense of Marriage Amendments (DOMAs) both to the state statute and the state constitution; and to pass a marriage equality law for same-sex couples in Connecticut. The first three goals were reached by 2000; the marriage equality law was passed in 2008. In 2005, LMF joined a statewide coalition to end discrimination based on gender identity and expression, thereby adding transgender rights to its awareness and advocacy campaign. Passing a marriage bill, however, remained its primary focus. Love Makes a Family developed into three inter-related entities: LMF, Inc., incorporated as a 501(c)(4) in 2000; the LMF Political Action Committee (PAC), established in 2002; and the LMF Foundation, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2006. After meeting its goals through community education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy and lobbying, LMF, Inc. and LMF Foundation disbanded in 2009. The LMF PAC continues to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality in Connecticut by supporting and working for pro equality candidates for elected office.

In its first phase of work on second-parent adoption during 1999 and 2000, LMF Inc.’s informal Steering Committee was comprised of representatives from five statewide organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, the Connecticut Coalition of LGBT Civil Rights, the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Connecticut State Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund. Once LMF, Inc. began the process of organizational incorporation and refocused its mission on marriage equality, the Steering Committee expanded, consisting of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer; representatives from six regional chapters; and representatives from six statewide organizations (the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women stepped down and Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), True Colors and DemocracyWorks ultimately joined). This structure remained in place until 2006 when a more traditional Board of Directors structure was put in place. In 2006, the LMF Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c) (3) that was primarily run by a board of directors, an executive director, and an associate director. LMF, Inc. was originally run by volunteers but by 2008, it had grown to consist of several full and part-time staff, including administrators, field organizers, a lobbyist, a financial manager, an events coordinator, and a Web site designer. While the organization benefited from the efforts of many individuals, several stand out for their length of service: Anne Stanback served as president from 2000 to 2005 and executive director from 2006-2009; Betty Gallo served as lobbyist from 1999 to 2005 and 2007 to 2008; Alice Pritchard served in various roles from 2002 to 2008; Beverley Brakeman served as secretary from 2003 to 2007; Chelsea Turner served as a lobbyist from 2000 to 2004; and Carol Buckheit served in various roles, including associate director and executive director, respectively, from 2005 to 2009.

The organization accomplished its goals through community education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy and lobbying. LMF volunteers and staff trained and organized community volunteers; gave presentations; organized community forums, rallies, and public hearings; canvassed voters; commissioned research; managed a speakers’ bureau; served as a clearinghouse on civil union and marriage information; and lobbied legislators. LMF was recognized as a leader in the marriage equality movement. Anne Stanback and LMF were recognized with several honors, including Stanback’s induction into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Information in this organizational history is drawn from the Love Makes a Family Annual Report (2001-2008).

Processing Information

Computer files in this collection were captured from Love Makes a Family networks and social media accounts by Manuscripts and Archives staff in 2010 for preservation and access. Additional information about actions taken may be available at the repository. Computer files acquired on media was accessioned by the Yale University Digital Accessioning Support Service (DASS) in 2019. Born digital archival material acquired on media by Yale University Library repositories is accessioned through the DASS prior to researcher use. For more information on the DASS and the actions taken during its accessioning work, click here: Born Digital @ Yale: Digital Accessioning Support Service [https://guides.library.yale.edu/c.php?g=300384&p=3593184].

Original computer file structure maintained and titles retained, except for a few file names that were modified for clarity. Duplicate files were deleted.
Title
Guide to the Love Makes a Family Records
Status
Under Revision
Author
Compiled by Mary Caldera
Date
January 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Updated to enhance description of computer files.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
(203) 432-1735
(203) 432-7441 (Fax)

Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours