In May, Tie The Knot was honored by Lambda Legal at their annual National Liberty Awards Dinner alongside Mercedes Ben USA for work impacting the LGBTQ and HIV-affected community. We were so excited to attend this important event benefiting Lambda’s tremendous legal, education, and advocacy work that spans across the nation in support of millions of Americans.
At the time of the event, we were a couple months away from winning marriage equality across the United States. Lambda Legal made it clear that marriage is not the end of the fight for LGBTQ rights in America. Housing and workplace discrimination, inadequate access to healthcare, youth homelessness, and numerous other issues still face millions of LGBTQ Americans. Lambda Legal has been and will continuing fighting in the courtroom to ensure justice is no longer denied in these cases.
Jesse and Justin announced at the dinner that Tie The Knot would contribute to Lambda Legal’s mission by donating $25,000. We are proud to support Lambda Legal and the invaluable work they provide not only in landmark cases, such as the historic Supreme Court marriage victory, but also for everyday Americans whose rights are denied simply because of who they are or who they love.
There is so much work to accomplish for LGBTQ rights, and we are grateful Lambda Legal is at the forefront of it all.
When Tie The Knot was founded in 2012 only six states and Washington D.C. had marriage equality. We were committed via the sale of our limited edition bow ties to helping numerous organizations around the country achieve a long-overdue victory – full federal marriage equality for all Americans. We sought to make supporting the freedom to marry fun and engaging for all; our celebrity guest designers and unique bows brought together thousands of bow-tie aficionados and marriage-equality supporters alike from around the world.
Having raised over $500,000, three years, and 44 states later – we’ve accomplished our goal! Today, same-sex couples across the country can marry in all 50 states and have their marriage recognized from sea to shining sea. Countless children of same-sex couples no longer feel like second-class citizens. The Supreme Court’s decision and Jim Obergefell’s story underscores the fact that same-sex couples want to be married for the happy times, but need to be married for the hard times. It certainly is exciting that thousands of couples’ dream weddings will soon become reality.
Yet, in 31 states same-sex couples can get married on Saturday and fired on Monday.
You see, two-thirds of the states in our country do not prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And, in those same states, there are no laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Simply put, you can be fired or kicked out of housing simply because of whom you love or how you identify.
Furthermore, for the hundreds-of-thousands of homeless LGBTQ youth around the country who are in desperate need of homes, emotional support, jobs, and healthcare – marriage is the least of their worries.
There is no denying it – marriage equality is not enough. So, our work continues, and Tie The Knot is rededicating itself to ensure that all rights of LGBTQ Americans are federally protected!
Our pursuit of happiness has truly only just begun. Will you join us and show your support for LGBTQ equality by tweeting or sharing our Facebook post?
Thank you for all the support you’ve given Tie The Knot. The Supreme Court marriage equality victory could not have happened without you. We are continuing our work and supporting the fight for LGBTQ equality via the sale of our bow ties. We hope you’ll continue fighting with us.
Remember: $20 of every $25 Tie The Knot bow tie purchased at TheTieBar.com will be donated to Tie The Knot in support of LGBTQ equality.
In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has affirmed that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution thereby striking down all remaining bans on marriage equality.
The ruling was made in the historic case, Obergefell v. Hodges, a case out of Ohio linked with lawsuits out of Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. As of this morning, 13 states remain where same-sex couples cannot get married.
Today’s historic decision comes on the anniversary of pro-equality Supreme Court rulings in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, which in 2013 restored marriage equality in California and struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act respectively. Today is also the 12-year anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down sodomy laws across the nation.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote today’s historic opinion and was joined by Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor. This marks the fourth major pro-LGBT opinion authored by Justice Kennedy after his opinions in Lawrence and Windsor as well as his historic opinion in Romer v. Evans, which held that a state constitutional amendment in Colorado preventing protected status based upon homosexuality or bisexuality did not satisfy the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Tie The Knot is proud to have supported numerous organizations that have helped all Americans achieve this historic victory via the sale of our limited edition bow ties! This is a huge win for America, and now we look forward to fighting for LGBT equality beyond marriage.
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KETEL ONE VODKA CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH
Supporting the LGBT community has long been a simple, natural extension of Ketel One’s identity and its relationship with consumers. In light of this, Ketel One has partnered with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita’s charity foundation, Tie The Knot, to create a limited edition bow tie called The Martini.
Founded by Jesse and Justin, Tie The Knot combines all of our favorite things: humor, style, individuality, fashion, art, and equality. The goal of Tie The Knot is to advocate for the civil rights of LGBT Americans throughout the United States, and to look great while doing it.
Ketel One Vodka is a steadfast ally within the LGBT community and believes that when allies speak up, hearts and minds open. As loyal members and fans of Tie The Knot, we extend our appreciation to you with this limited edition bow tie along with our support for Tie The Knot and National Pride Month.
Show us your pride and how you rock your bow tie:
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We are so excited to partner with the Tony Awards for the third year!
This years unique design for our Tie The Knot Tony Awards bow features light navy stars on a darker navy background to compliment this year’s Tony Awards scheme.
“I am so excited that Tie The Knot is partnering again for theater’s biggest night – all for a great cause!” said Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Tony Award winners Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will host the 69th Annual Tony Awards, broadcast live from Radio City Musical Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 8pm EST on CBS.
Get your Tony Awards 2015 bow now!
Read more about our partnership with the Tony Awards >
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