Amicurious.com Partners With Freedom To Marry

Amicurious.com, a matchmaking website for gay men seeking lasting relationships, was founded on the ideal that gay men should have equal opportunity to find love and get married. Following the successful launch of their site, Amicurious turned its attention to a national search for a non-profit partner that would receive 10% of all membership dues.

Today, they announced that Freedom to Marry, "the leading campaign to win marriage nationwide," was chosen as their non-profit partner.

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The Freedom to Marry expected to create Wedding-related Jobs in D.C.

Georgetown residents Christopher Cahill and Richard Marshall consider the $75,000 wedding that they're planning for June to be their own "personal stimulus package" for the District economy. And local businesses are already seeing the dollar signs.

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Voice for Equality: Cummins, Inc. of Indiana

Cummins, Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, USA Cummins serves its customers through a network of more than 500 Company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 5,200 dealer locations in more than 190 countries and territories. While more than 51% of Cummins' business comes from operations outside of the United States, the company remains one of the largest employers in the state of Indiana. Learn more here.



As the Republican controlled Indiana state senate moved to vote 38-10 for a constitutional ban on marriage for gay couples last week, Fortune 500 member Cummins, Inc. said, "No." The CEO of Cummins sent a representative with his letter stating, "...inequity in marital status has no place in Indiana." [Link] This is not Cummins' first time weighing in on marriage equality. Back in March of 2007, when Indiana was considering a ban on the freedom to marry, an executive from Cummins Inc. said the amendment would make it harder for the big engine maker to recruit quality employees to Indiana. "Anything that makes Indiana less inclusive and less welcoming for our current employees and for our future employees makes it more difficult for Cummins to compete," said Mark Osowick, Cummins' recruiting director. "This amendment would do just that by sending a message that Indiana is not tolerant of diversity." [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes Cummins, Inc. as a collective Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.

If Cummins' support inspires you - get involved.

**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!

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Partner denied FMLA sick leave by ATT

dallasvoice.com
January 29, 2010

Bryan Dickenson and Bill Sugg have been together for 30 years. After Sugg suffered a debilitating stroke in September, Dickinson requested time off from his job at AT&T under the federal Family Medical Leave Act to care for his partner. But AT&T is refusing to grant Dickenson the 12 weeks of leave that would be afforded to a heterosexual spouse under the act. [Link]

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Seven out of Ten LGBT Adults, Given the Choice, Prefer Jobs in States That Recognize Marriages of Sa

Business Wire
October 5, 2009

According to the 2009 Out & Equal Workplace Survey, other factors being equal, 71 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults would prefer a job with an employer based in a state where marriage equality is recognized over an employer based in a state that does not yet recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples. When asked specifically of lesbian and gay adults, 79% or eight out of ten agree. (Link)

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Vermont Prepares for Marriage Equality

WCAX
August 24, 2009
Vermont's marriage equality law takes effect September 1st. Some observers predict the state could see 1,000 marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples over the next three years, providing a big boost to tourism. [Link]

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Breese Nation: The Fundraising Store - Keeps Sharing the Love


The store that grew out of love and support for the characters of Bianca Montgomery and Reese Williams on ABC's "All My Children" continues to share that love by raising awareness and money for Freedom to Marry. With each purchase, you contribute to the marriage equality movement. [Link]

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New Marc Jacobs Tees Demand Right to Wed

the Cut
July 24, 2009
Two new political T-shirts arrived in the Marc by Marc Jacobs Accessories store on Wednesday, July 22, both scrawled with the words, "I pay my taxes, I want my RIGHTS!" Assistant Store Manager Bret Paterson says the response has been positive as they've been unpacking them and they've been selling. [Link]

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Icon of America’s Roadways Recognizes Marriage Equality

Equality Florida
July 23, 2009
During a face-to-face meeting yesterday between Equality Florida and AAA South, top management at the 4th largest AAA affiliate in the country committed to recognizing all spouses, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The policy allows married same-sex couples (whether married in other states or countries) to receive spousal discounts under AAA's Associate Membership program. [Link]

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Iowa Entrepreneur Builds A Business to Help Support the Freedom to Marry

July 9, 2009
A year ago, Ron Choate lived in San Diego and simultaneously witnessed the meltdown of the economy and the devastating passage of Proposition 8. Two months later, with no job prospects in sight – and not realizing what was to come in Iowa this year – he returned to his home in Iowa to help care for his ailing mother.

His struggle and the Supreme Court affirmation of marriage equality in February inspired him to start a T-Shirt business. SOS Cares currently produces 4 shirts. Each design is based on the acronym S.O.S. and each concerns a different struggle in our nation today: the economy, civil rights for gays and lesbians, the earth and the war. One of those (Sick of Separation) is all about marriage equality – an issue near and dear to Ron’s heart.

Ron offers, “My hope is of course for the company to be a success, but also to raise awareness of these issues and help them on a national level. We are lucky in Iowa where marriage equality is now the law. To me this should be a national right.”

All four designs are available on the SOS web site http://www.soscares.com/. They wholesale to businesses or local fundraising events. 20% of their proceeds are donated to national charities supporting the four causes. Check them out and contribute to your personal fashion while contributing to our cause.

As Ron says: “One shirt at a time we can make a difference.” [Link]

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