Blog Entries by Angela Dallara

Newlyweds Jamelle and Karane combat DOMA while serving their country and city

By the time Jamelle Thomas and Karane Williams met for their first date, they felt like they had already known each other forever. They hit it off as soon as they first met and married in October 2012, but the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) creates struggles for them every day.

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Voters in MN defeat anti-marriage constitutional amendment

Voters in Minnesotan have voted AGAINST a proposed constitutional amendment that would have permanently limited the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. This win, taken with wins in Maine and Maryland, makes tonight a historic day for the campaign to win marriage nationwide.

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Marylanders cast historic vote on ballot measure, affirming the freedom to marry!

Tonight, the Vote For 6 campaign won, extending the freedom to marry to all loving and committed same-sex couples! Maryland is now the eighth state in the United States to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from Maryland!

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It’s easier than you think to phone bank for the freedom to marry!

Some people are intimidated by the concept of phone banking because they think they're not good on the phone or don't feel comfortable making calls about marriage. I was nervous the first time I phone banked, too. But it's easy, it costs nothing, and it makes the biggest difference this year by reaching our most critical group.

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On the Ground Running: My Volunteer Vacation in WA

Working to win marriage every day from Freedom to Marry's New York City office has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but there's nothing like being on the front lines of a state campaign. Two weeks ago, with a historic election looming and several vacation days to use up before the end of the year, I took a Volunteer Vacation through United for Marriage and traded in my communications hat for a stab at field organizing.

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Young conservatives send RNC letter in support of marriage

Today, the leadership committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry sent a letter to the platform committee of the Republican National Committee urging them to reject using anti-marriage language in this year’s National Party Platform.

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WATCH: New public education television spot debuts in Minnesota

Today, a new public education spot hit televisions in Minnesota, where voters face a ballot measure that could limit the freedom to marry in the state. The new ad features retired U.S. Marine Corps member Fred Petersen and his wife Yvonne, Minnesota residents whose grandson is gay.

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Anniversary of 1st NY marriages bittersweet for binational couple Gemma and Jessica

Jessica and Gemma's happiness has been interrupted by the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally married same-sex couples from obtaining permanent U.S. residency for a spouse from another country. Because Gemma is from the United Kingdom, the harms of DOMA immediately hit the couple hard. "Every day we were together felt like it was interrupted by a ticking time bomb. Every day, there was that fear of losing each other. It took a huge emotional toll on us and made everything ten times harder," Jessica said.

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New York celebrates marriage: Mary Jo and Jo-Ann, one year later

For New Yorkers Mary Jo Kennedy and Jo-Ann Shain, last year's marriage victory was both personal and political. As plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal case that spurred the movement for marriage in New York, they were directly involved in each step of the win, and today remain strong advocates for the importance of the freedom to marry to all loving and committed couples.

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Freedom to Marry, GLAAD, MAP release new resource for marriage allies

Today Freedom to Marry, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released a new publication for the community and allies of marriage, titled An Ally’s Guide to Talking About Marriage for Same-Sex Couples.

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