"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the "equal protection clause," is designed to prevent states from using legislation to unfairly burden one portion of their population over others. Like a great many of the Constitution's amendments, it is a protection against what is often referred to as the "tyranny of the majority."
It can be - and has been - used to overturn all manor of loathesome and discriminatory laws. However, as of the start of 2009, it has yet to be interpreted to grant equality under the law to LGBT Americans. Laws and state constitutional amendments prohibiting homosexual marriage are very clear violations of the 14th Amendment in the eyes of every Constitutional scholar worthy of the name, but no court has yet had the courage to rule likewise.
It is the goal of this little project to raise awareness and a bit of money about this gross inequality in American law. This is not about gay rights, this is about human rights in the "land of the free."