Postedon Oct 06, 2006 at 11:30 am
San Francisco Chronicle
October 6, 2006
Leaders and members of the lesbian and gay community said Thursday's ruling upholding California's ruling denying lesbian and gay couples the rights and responsibilities of marriage was a minor setback. "I think we win some and we lose some; there are good passages and bad passages," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry. "We've said all along that this struggle to end discrimination is going to be a patchwork in which we see some states move faster than others."
Postedon Aug 18, 2006 at 11:25 am
Seattle Gay News
August 18, 2006
We are not asking for too much. We are asking for what we deserve and the more we make the case the more people are coming to understand that. The set backs are a predictable and inescapable feature of struggle. ... It's just unrealistic to think that we can ask America to change the way it has imposed second class citizenship on Gay people and their loved ones without having defeat as well as victories. Unfortunately, we have to live through both but - if we battle through both - we will bring ourselves to a full triumph.
Postedon Aug 11, 2006 at 01:12 pm
August 11, 2006
"The public is talking about (same-sex parented) families and how denying them the right to marry hurts them, and that continues to move public opinion in our favor," said Evan Wolfson, director of a group, Freedom to Marry, and one of the first lawyers to sue for same-sex couples' right to marry in Hawaii in the 1990s. [link]
Postedon Jul 27, 2006 at 11:10 am
July 27, 2006
"By 5-4, these judges failed to do their job. Now the legislators must do their job, acting to end this discrimination, while we do ours, speaking out about who gay families are and why marriage matters."-Evan Wolfson
Postedon Jul 27, 2006 at 11:05 am
July 27, 2006
The past few months have been a rocky patch for the marriage equality movement, partly by coincidence and partly by concerted efforts on behalf of religious right groups to "intimidate and de-legitimize the courts."
Decisions create resolve
Gay City News
July 27, 2006
"Almost everyone in America agrees that marriage is important, it's clear that marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution, but somehow when it comes to gay couples the courts treat their exclusion from marriage as trivial and warranting only a very minimal review,"-Evan Wolfson
Postedon Jul 26, 2006 at 10:58 am
July 26, 2006
The ruling, due at 8 a.m. PST on the court's Web site, is not expected to settle the marriage issue but rather to send it to the state Legislature for fresh battles.
"[T]he more states that begin to end this discrimination, the more it gives people around the country to see families helped and no one hurt ... Obviously it also matters tremendously to the families living in Washington state."-Evan Wolfson
Mayor Anderson signs on with marriage ads
July 24, 2006
"This is a long-term conversation ... Our job is to make sure people hear about gay families and why marriage matters, and not be drowned out by the horse race of the moment."-Evan Wolfson
Postedon Jul 19, 2006 at 10:48 am
July 19, 2006
"The fight for [marriage equality] is an outgrowth of the huge numbers of gay couples who have assimilated into American society in the past 30 years, bought homes, paid taxes, raised families and created complex life partnerships outside of any legal structure. The desire for marriage from the gay community increases with each decade, as more people come of age with the expectation that they will settle down in an openly gay partnership."
Postedon Jul 14, 2006 at 10:45 am
July 14, 2006
"In a ruling reminiscent of the now-overturned Bowers v. Hardwick decision upholding gay sex prohibitions, New York's highest court said gay and lesbian couples do not have a constitutional right to marry because heterosexual couples sometimes have accidental babies."
Postedon Jul 14, 2006 at 10:38 am
July 14, 2006
"Any threat to the Constitution has to be taken seriously, even if we know that the amendment isn't going anywhere," Wolfson said. "But there are many things we need to do, both positive and defensive. We need to not just survive an attack like this, but to win full marriage equality."
Court rulings against marriage equality won't stop movement
July 13, 2006
"Am I upset about it? Yes. I am upset, frustrated, angry and shocked at the shoddiness of the opinion," said Wolfson. "But in some ways, that's the silver lining. The opinion is so unpersuasive and such a throw backit's unlikely to be an impediment to any court ready to apply a more serious level of scrutiny."