February 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm EST | by Staff reports
Marriage Equality USA to close
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Marriage Equality USA plans to ‘conclude independent operations’ in the spring.

SAN FRANCISCO — Marriage Equality USA on Feb. 3 announced that it would close down later this year.

The organization in a press release said it will “conclude independent operations” in the spring “after accomplishing our mission of marriage equality in all 50 states and at the federal level.” Marriage Equality USA said it will continue to support LGBT advocacy efforts in the U.S. and around the world through its grassroots organizing program and its website.

“The work of grassroots organizations is central to our community’s progress toward full LGBTQ equality and justice, and MEUSA has held that space in the marriage movement for 20 years,” said Marriage Equality USA Board Chair Steve Huesing. “I am proud of what we have accomplished and excited that what we created will continue to support the work ahead.”

Freedom to Marry last year announced it would close in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country. Empire State Pride Agenda, a statewide LGBT advocacy group in New York, in December said it plans to shut down after the state’s governor announced regulations banning anti-transgender discrimination.

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