Majority of Americans Support Rights for Same-Sex Couples

365Gay.com
August 3, 2005

A recent poll from the Pew Research Center reveals that more Americans have moved on the side of fairness and equality, favoring same-sex couples to have the same rights as married couples. "This is exactly what the right wing is afraid of," says Evan Wolfson," executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of 
Why Marriage Matters. "If we stick with the conversation and persist in engaging the non-gay public on marriage equality the public will move to fairness." [Link]

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TV Networks Pull Biases in Exchange for Inclusion of Same-Sex Couples

New York Blade
July 8, 2005

After meeting with officials from the Gay & Lesbian Association Against Defamation (GLAAD) and encountering many protests over the show's anti-gay tone in its beginning episodes, ABC decided to pull its 6-episode reality show, "Welcome to the Neighborhood." This follows a decision by NBC to revise applicant requirements allowing same-sex couples to enter it's "Today Hosts a Hometown Wedding" contest. Equality supporters like Freedom to Marry executive director Evan Wolfson applaud GLAAD's work in allowing the American public to view the reality of loving same-sex couples seeking marriage rather than the scare tactics from the opposition.

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Spain, Canada Laws Provide Valuable Lesson for U.S.

PlanetOut
June 30, 2005

The progress of laws ending marriage discrimination in Canada and Spain has given gay advocates a chance to celebrate equality and recommit to the struggle at home. Prominent gay leaders such as Freedom to Marry executive director Evan Wolfson applauded the virtuous example saying, "The victories in these countries show that families are helped and no one is hurt when discrimination ends." [Link]

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Church Leader Endorses the Freedom to Marry

Houston Voice
June 29, 2005

Rev. John H. Thomas, head of the United Church of Christ, publicly endorsed a proposed resolution supporting the freedom for same-sex couples to marry. Thomas said the UCC should affirm the rights of GLBT Americans to have marriages "equal in name, privileges and responsibilities to married heterosexual couples." The announcement comes just days before the annual meeting of the General Synod in Atlanta.

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US Supreme Court Sees New Round of Issues, Including Gay Rights

Congressional Quarterly
June 27, 2005

While speculation on the composition of the nation's highest court continues, one thing remains clear, the nine justices have a slew of new issues to tackle. Since 2003's 
Lawrence v. Texas decision, the court has shyed from taking on other gay rights cases; however, it's certain the court must eventually address discriminatory legislation against gays including the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the exclusion of marriage. [Link]

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Freedom To Marry Head Responds to Gays’ First Marriage Anniversaries

PlanetOut Network
May 17, 2005

Evan Wolfson is hopeful about the influence of marriages in Massachusetts over time. He says it serves as "[A] standard of equality that others will aspire to and define themselves by," adding it is a "living example of fairness and family values." [
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Evan Responds to Gays’ First Marriage Anniversaries

Freedom to Marry head responds to gays' first marriage anniversaries
PlanetOut Network
May 17, 2005


Evan Wolfson is hopeful about the influence of marriages in Massachusetts over time. He says it serves as "[A] standard of equality that others will aspire to and define themselves by," adding it is a "living example of fairness and family values."[Link]

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Opposing Leaders Debate Marriage Equality

Stanford Daily
April 21, 2005

Hundreds attended a debate between Freedom to Marry director Evan Wolfson and Traditional Values Coalition chairman Lou Sheldon. Those in attendance aligned with Wolfson; equal marriage reflects American values: love, commitment, fairness & freedom. [Link]

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Evan Wolfson Debates Traditional Values Coalition Leader

The Sacramento Union/AP
April 21, 2005

In a first-ever debate, Evan Wolfson faced off with anti-gay Rev. Lou Sheldon at Stanford Law School. The audience of students and community members agreed that the time to end marriage exclusion is now. [Link]

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Gay Couples Across the U.S. Asked for Marriage on Valentine’s Day

Planetout
February 15, 2005

Raising awareness for equal marriage, U.S. gay couples spent Valentine's Day at marriage bureaus. Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said, "the more we talk about it, the more fair-minded Americans will embrace ending our exclusion from marriage." 
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