Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Draft of Democratic Party platform includes plank supporting the freedom to marry

Last night, the Democratic Party platform drafting committee approved a number of pro-LGBT stances for the first draft of the party platform, including a plank supporting the freedom to marry. The decision comes after Freedom to Marry testified before the Platform Drafting Committee and after months of our 'Democrats: Say I Do' campaign.

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Freedom to Marry and military couple testify to Democratic Party on why marriage matters

Today in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director Marc Solomon testified before the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee on the importance of marriage for same-sex couples. Tomorrow, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, and her wife, Karen, will share their own testimony, explaining the ways in which the so-called Defense of Marriage Act harms them and other same-sex couples.

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WATCH: New public education TV ads debut in Washington and Maine

Tonight, during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, two new television advertisements will debut in Washington and Maine to make the case for the freedom to marry. The ads feature people speaking out about why marriage matters to them and why the support the freedom to marry for all couples. The debuts come at a critical time - we're just 100 days away from the November 6, 2012 election, when voters in Washington and Maine will be asked to vote on marriage at the ballot.

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Staff Spotlight: Thalia Zepatos, Director of Public Engagement

Freedom to Marry has a dedicated and diverse staff working each day to secure the freedom to marry nationwide, and we want to help you get to know each of us a little bit better. This week, we hear from Thalia Zepatos, Freedom to Marry's Director of Public Engagement. Thalia works in our Portland office, where she contributes to Freedom to Marry campaigns, formulates messaging materials, and develops materials for best engaging our supporters

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Respect for Marriage Coalition launches website and grassroots toolkit

Today, the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a broad coalition of 75 organizations that oppose the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, launched a website featuring critical information about the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of legally married same-sex couples.

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Young Conservatives Leadership Committee speaks about the freedom to marry

Today, we published a video online featuring more information about Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, our campaign to amplify the voices of young people who identify as conservatives and who support marriage for same-sex couples. The video features several members of the Young Conservatives leadership team.

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Eddie and Jeff ‘complete the journey’ with wedding in New York

"I remember when I was young and living in southern Indiana, and I knew nothing about gay life or relationships," says Eddie, who married his partner of 24 years, Jeff, in March. "The one thing I had always heard was that gay people are incapable of commitment and incapable of being with one person. If I had made a list of the things I wanted to accomplish in my life, growing old with the person I loved was my No. 1 thing. And I've had that with Jeff."

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NY couple Christopher and Carl commemorate 10 years by tying the knot

Chris and Carl's wedding on May 27, 2012 at the Broad Street Ballroom in lower Manhattan was truly a family-focused celebration. Christopher's brother got ordained online and officiated the ceremony, while Christopher's father, who works as a minister, gave a blessing for the occasion. The couple's two-year-old daughter Harper served as the flower girl, and their dogs walked down the aisle with the ring bearers - who were Harper's cousins.

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Personal essay from gay Jewish rabbi shows importance of family acceptance

A beautiful new essay from a lesbian Jewish rabbi in Tablet chronicles her wedding to another female rabbi and outlines how her grandmother grew to accept her. The essay provides a lens into how traditional Jewish communities can grow to not only accept - but to celebrate - their gay and lesbian family members.

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National Association of the Deaf supports the freedom to marry

This week, the National Association of the Deaf declared their support for the freedom to marry in a new video, citing the parallels between the struggle for marriage between same-sex couples and the struggle for marriage between two deaf adults.

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