We are Carrie Ross-Stone, J.D., & Elisia Ross-Stone, R.N. (a.k.a. the Rainbow Grannies), lesbian partners, grandmothers and civil rights activists. Not so long ago we naively believed that America was becoming more accepting of same-sex relationships. It seemed to us that it was just a matter of time before lesbian and gay partners would have full legal protections. We thought we may even live to see that day!
Then, in 1996 and seemingly without warning, President Bill Clinton signed the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), defining marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. Even worse, DOMA denies gay and lesbian families – including our CHILDREN – access to ALL Federal rights, responsibilities and protections that are automatically guaranteed to other legally recognized families. Needless to say we were stunned! In the months and years that followed we discovered that many gay and lesbian people were unaware of the existence of DOMA and the fact that our second-class citizenship had been written into law. We decided to do everything in our power to educate the community about our rapidly eroding rights so that LGBTQ Americans can take whatever steps necessary to protect themselves and their families. This workbook is just one of the educational tools we put forward.
On this website, we offer FREE Advance DirectivesLiving Will, Medical Power of Attorney and Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney and Affordable Legal Document Packages packages containing a Living Revocable Trust and/or Last Will and Testament, Deeds to Property, Living Together Agreement, Parenting Agreement, Nomination of Guardian, Donor Insemination Agreement, and more. All of Rainbow Law's documents are specific to your individual state law and valid in your State.
Since we began the FREE Advance Directives Program, we've helped thousands of gay and lesbian individuals create vital legal rights and protections.
Unlike other free document services, Rainbow Law’s Advance Directives are NOT blank forms. We create documents complete with your personal information and make sure they comply with the laws of your State.
When we are not making legal documents, we travel the country presenting Estate Planning Workshops at LGBTQ community centers, places of worship, festivals and other events.
We also publish a progressive newsletter at www.RainbowZine.com where you will find news that is relevant to the LGBTQ Community, classified ads and an LGBTQ business and service directory.
And -- in our spare time -- we stay pretty busy building our own house from recycled materials and helping to raise our 6 year old grandson, Jareth and 4 year old granddaughter, Eowyn.
One of our proudest accomplishments is the Rainbow Ride Across America. Over the summer of 2003 and 2004, we rode our bicycles (not motorcycles) from coast-to-coast, to advocate for marriage equality.
Along the way, we met with many people from all walks of life. We talked about our family and why we believe we deserve equal marriage rights. Most people we spoke to were open to hearing our side of the story.
This experience led us to the belief that most Americans are ignorant about LGBTQ equality – especially marriage – because they have been lied to repeatedly by their religious leaders, educators, peers and family members. They had simply never heard the other side of the story! A documentary film was made about our 2004 ride entitled Lesbian Grandmothers from Mars: One Couple’s Journey to Marriage Equality. The title is a word-play on Carrie’s home town – Mars, Pennsylvania -- and the opposition’s attempt to paint us as evil aliens who want to destroy the ‘family.’