Marriage battle heats up in Connecticut

PageOneQ
February 9, 2007

Wolfson said they specifically chose the February time period to allow organizers to hold events in conjunction with Lincoln's birthday and Valentines Day, "to reflect the ideas of equality and love, which adds up to the freedom to marry." "Of course, every week needs to be freedom to marry week until we have won the freedom to marry. It doesn't stop on Feb. 17," he said. "But, it is another opportunity to have the all important conversations that help people move toward fairness."
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BLOG: Freedom to Marry vs. Justification to Discriminate

Good As You
February 8, 2007

Earlier this week, we told you about an initiative in Washington that would turn the common argument that "marriage is about children" on its head, by requiring that heterosexual couples DO procreate in order to keep their marriage intact. Well, here's more on the conversation-starting proposal from Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson, and more attempts to justify discrimination from the Family Research Council's Charmaine Yoest. [Link]

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Activists predict progress in NY, CA, WA, this year

Washington Blade
January 26, 2007

Evan Wolfson
, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said there is also reason for hope in Massachusetts.
"The new legislature has more pro-marriage legislators combined with a new pro-marriage governor. This will allow wiser heads to prevail. If it gets on the ballot, we will defeat it, but I would rather spend our resources for other states in their battles for marriage equality."

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Maryland Marriage Equality Lawsuit

MD awaits marriage ruling
Washington Blade
December 8, 2006


Legal experts familiar with the Maryland marriage lawsuit said a strong argument was made for marriage equality, but judges offered few clues as to how they might rule in the high-profile case. "I think how the court rules will, in part, depend on the climate we create that enables the court to do the right thing," said Evan Wolfson. "The court does not operate in a vacuum."[Link]

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The United States is Behind in Granting Equality

Three countries see progress on marriage
Washington Blade
December 1, 2006


"The United States is lagging far behind many of our key allies and trading partners when it comes to protections and respect for same-sex couples and families ... The nations whose basic values and commitment to pluralism the United States has historically shared, continue to move in the direction of inclusion and equality while the United States falls further behind."
-Evan Wolfson
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Bringing an End to Discrimination

Historic post-election results
Freedom to Marry Press Release
November 8, 2006


"Win or lose, we are involved in a steady campaign of engagement, based not on election cycles, but on patient and persistent conversations that give people the information they need, and the time required to absorb that information ... We are committed to engaging this conversation until we achieve an end to discrimination in all 50 states."
-Evan Wolfson
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Historic post-election results

Freedom to Marry Press Release
November 8, 2006
"Win or lose, we are involved in a steady campaign of engagement, based not on election cycles, but on patient and persistent conversations that give people the information they need, and the time required to absorb that information," said Evan Wolfson. "We are committed to engaging this conversation until we achieve an end to discrimination in all 50 states." [link]

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Rosie speaks for marriage on The View

AfterEllen.com
November 6, 2006

Rosie is back on TV on that daytime staple The View. And what a change has occurred in her since she unhinged those closet doors. She regularly refers not only to her children, but also to her wife, her in-laws, her now-rescinded marriage in San Francisco, marriage equality in general, Evan Wolfson and his book Why Marriage Matters, and how important gay civil rights are to a civilized society. [Link]

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Rosie Speaks For Marriage

Rosie speaks for marriage on The View
AfterEllen.com
November 6, 2006


Rosie is back on TV on that daytime staple The View. And what a change has occurred in her since she unhinged those closet doors. She regularly refers not only to her children, but also to her wife, her in-laws, her now-rescinded marriage in San Francisco, marriage equality in general, Evan Wolfson and his book Why Marriage Matters, and how important gay civil rights are to a civilized society. Watch HERE

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New Jersey Can Learn From Vermont

NJ can learn from VT
Gay City News
November 2, 2006


"If you look at the polling in Vermont... a plurality supports marriage over civil unions because they have seen with their own eyes that it was a good step forward, at the time, a huge step forward, and yet not good enough. New Jersey doesn't have to repeat Vermont's mistake, but can benefit from Vermont's experience"
-Evan Wolfson
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