Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Board Member Spotlight: Sam Thoron

Behind every strong organization is a strong Board of Directors - and Freedom to Marry has a dedicated and diverse group of individuals working each day to secure the freedom to marry nationwide. This year, we want to help you get to know each board member little bit better. This week, we hear from Sam Thoron, who has been actively involved on the PFLAG National Board for many years.

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Marriage opponents file opening briefs in DOMA and Prop 8 Supreme Court cases

This week, opponents of the freedom to marry and supporters of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act filed their opening briefs in Hollingsworth v. Perry - the legal challenge to California's Proposition 8 - and Windsor v. United States - a legal challenge to DOMA.

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Lesbian Army wife denied membership to spouses’ club wins Spouse of the Year award

Today, Ashley Broadway, the wife of a female Army officer who captured headlines this year when she was denied full membership for the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses, was revealed as the winner of Fort Bragg's "Spouse of the Year" award. Earlier this week, Ashley and her wife, Army Lt. Col. Heather Mack, celebrated the birth of their second child.

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VIDEO: Rhode Island House approves the freedom to marry

A new video shows the moment of victory in the House and includes interviews with several key legislators and volunteers for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the coalition working to win marriage in Rhode Island in 2013.

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ROUND-UP: 5 states where we can win the freedom to marry in 2013

We're not even a full month into 2013, and yet the freedom to marry is off to an amazing start this year, with five key states looking to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Each of the legislative campaigns - in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island - have significant momentum this year to move marriage forward.

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Rhode Island House of Representatives passes marriage bill with large majority

Today, the House of Representatives in Rhode Island voted on a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples - and by a vote of 51 to 19, the members of the House approved the bill!

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Colorado civil union bill passes out of Senate Committee

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee in Colorado voted to advance a bill that would allow same-sex couples in the state to join together in civil union, which affords same-sex couples some - but not all - of the protections and responsibilities that marriage provides.

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Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee unanimously advances marriage bill

Today, the Judiciary Committee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives unanimously voted to advance a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state. This vote marks the first time ever that a legislative body has moved a marriage bill forward in the state.

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Five ways the 57th Inauguration embraced and celebrated gay and lesbian Americans

Yesterday's Inauguration was historic and momentous for gay and lesbian Americans, who were celebrated and heralded like never before at a Presidential Inauguration. Here are five landmark ways that the LGBT community was embraced at this weekend's inauguration.

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President Obama calls for the freedom to marry in second inaugural address

Yesterday, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the freedom to marry, becoming the first president ever to do so - and the first to ever make direct reference to gay and lesbian Americans - in an inaugural speech.

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