Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Richard Carey nears the finish line of his Ride Across America

On Monday, Richard Carey's 53-day bike trip across the United States to raise money for Freedom to Marry and advocate for marriage for all couples will come to a close in Maine. With just a few days left, Richard's just a bit short of his fundraising goal, and he needs your help!

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Staff Spotlight: Thomas Wheatley, Director of Organizing

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 Thomas Wheatley, Freedom to Marry's Director of Organizing.

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Polling in Maryland shows growth in support among black voters

Hart Research Associates published a new poll today out of Maryland that finds majority support for the freedom to marry, with significant growth among black voters. 54 percent of voters said they would vote to uphold the freedom to marry at the ballot in November.

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi and 83 representatives push for protections for binational couples

Yesterday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and 83 additional members of Congress sent a letter to the Obama administration urging the President to take formal action on a statement he made last year about working to protect binational same-sex couples.

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Olympics Spotlight: Which countries are ‘gold medal’ on marriage?

The Olympic Games are one of the few occasions in our world that are truly global, bringing together people from every country to support each other and understand our connections across the globe. It's also a time to reflect on international support for the freedom to marry, and celebrate countries where same-sex couples have had the freedom to marry for months, years, or in the case of the Netherlands, an entire decade. Here, we take a look at seven countries that win the figurative "gold medal on marriage."

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U.S. District Court judge finds DOMA unconstitutional in ‘Pedersen v. OPM’

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa L. Bryant ruled that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act's Section 3, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. The decision comes as the U.S. Supreme Court continues to receive many formal requests in a number of different cases to take a stance on whether or not DOMA is constitutional.

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New poll shows strong support for the freedom to marry among Democrats

A new poll from the Pew Research Center demonstrates huge majority support for the freedom to marry. Almost two-thirds of Democrats surveyed in the nationwide poll said they favor legal marriage for same-sex couples, and only 29 percent said they are opposed.

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New York City councilman Jimmy Van Bramer marries partner of 13 years

This weekend, wedding bells rang for Jimmy Van Bramer and Dan Hendrick, Queens residents who have been together for 13 years. Van Bramer, who has lived in Queens his entire life, has served on the New York City Council since 2009. The couple married on Saturday night in Long Island City.

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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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