Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

11 California couples hoping for the Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will hear the Proposition 8 case in the 2013 session. One of the best ways to make the case to the Court is by sharing stories of happy same-sex couples. Eleven couples decided to do just that by sharing their stories with Freedom to Marry. Meet them!

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In first year of civil union law, Hawaii issued 700 licenses to same-sex couples

Nearly a full year ago, on January 1, 2012, a civil union law went into effect in the state of Hawaii, allowing same-sex couples to apply for and receive civil unions. This week, the Hawaii Department of Heatlh announced that 719 same-sex couples have joined together in civil union this year.

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Sponsors of marriage bill in Illinois aim for a January vote

Yesterday, two Illinois state legislators said that they will be working hard in the next month to pass the freedom to marry in Illinois. In three weeks, the General Assembly reconvenes, and two lawmakers responsible for sponsoring a freedom to marry bill have said they will push for the approval of the bill soon after the legislative session resumes.

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After 3 years of campaigning, Beth and Valerie look back on winning marriage in Maine

No one knows the struggle in Maine better than the loving and committed same-sex couples who saw their freedoms granted, denied, debated, and finally embraced by a majority of Mainers. One of these couples - Beth Allen and Valerie Frey - have been intimately involved in the Maine campaign since the beginning. Here, they've shared their story - and 11 photos chronicling their love and commitment.

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Marriage and Latin America: Updates from Uruguay, Mexico, and Colombia

The campaign to win marriage has galvanized particularly remarkably in Latin America, where three countries made major advances in the past few weeks. Here's a run-down of the movement in Mexico, Uruguay, and Colombia.

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New Jersey Senate President Sweeney takes stand against marriage referendum

This week, New Jersey's state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he would not support a measure that would allow a referendum on the freedom to marry in New Jersey, and that he would not post a referendum bill to committee. Earlier this year, the NJ legislature approved a marriage billl, but Gov. Chris Christie vetoed it.

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7 photos and a video from Kevin and Tony’s gorgeous Lake Tahoe ceremony

Kevin and Tony are thrilled that they were able to host a happy ceremony in August - and that their first date nearly five years ago represented the last Valentine's Day they'd spend alone. But they know that marriage matters - and that Proposition 8 must be overturned so that same-sex couples can stop seeing their relationships relegated to a lesser status than marriage.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry coalition

Today, Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, signed onto our Mayors for the Freedom to Marry coalition, which amplifies the voices of mayors across the country who support ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The mayor's announcement today comes less than a week after the Atlanta City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution in favor of the freedom to marry.

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Freedom to Marry signs onto letter in support of binational same-sex couples

Today, Freedom to Marry joined with Immigration Equality and more than 50 other LGBT and immigration organizations in signing a letter to the White House asking President Barack Obama to put immigration cases involving binational same-sex couples on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court announces its rulling on the freedom to marry.

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Evan Wolfson in The New York Times: Our work continues in 2013

Yesterday, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson published an editorial in The New York Times where he encouraged advocates of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage to keep focusing on creating a climate for the Supreme Court to rule in our favor.

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