Justice Levinson reflects on why marriage matters 20 years after historic HI ruling

Twenty years ago, Justice Steven Levinson and the Hawaii Supreme Court made history. They became the first appellate court in global history to find that a state constitution presumptively prohibited the exclusion of same-sex couples from access to marriage. As the anniversary of the ruling he authored approaches, Justice Steven Levinson reflects on the ruling and looks ahead to the future of the freedom to marry.

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Polls, endorsements and new supporters: Updates from campaigns in DE, IL, MN & RI

The legislative campaigns to win marriage for same-sex couples surged on this week in Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island with exciting new updates emerging from each state, including new endorsements, new polls,

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Freedom to Marry announces 2013 drive to invest $2 million in Win More States Fund

Today, Freedom to Marry announced a 2013 drive to raise and invest $2 million through the Win More States Fund, with an initial goal of passing marriage bills in several states across the country - Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

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Hawaii United for Marriage gears up for a big week for the freedom to marry

This week, a diverse array of voices have spoken out about the importance of the freedom to marry in Hawaii. An economic impact study and the Japanese American Citizens League agreed this week that ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage would positively impact Hawaii, fueling advocates for a big week.

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How marriage moved forward this week in DE, HI, IL, MN and RI

It's been another big week for the freedom to marry in five key states where we can pass marriage bills in the state legislatures in 2013. Check out some key updates from this week in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island!

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In first year of civil union law, Hawaii issued 700 licenses to same-sex couples

Nearly a full year ago, on January 1, 2012, a civil union law went into effect in the state of Hawaii, allowing same-sex couples to apply for and receive civil unions. This week, the Hawaii Department of Heatlh announced that 719 same-sex couples have joined together in civil union this year.

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Evan Wolfson talks about the importance of the freedom to marry in Hawaii

Last week, Evan Wolfson visited Hawaii to meet with local marriage advocates about the importance of winning marriage in the state. While in Hawaii, Evan spoke to advocates about how the state could go the extra mile in 2013 by asking the legislature to move marriage forward in the state.

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WATCH: Army officer and partner join in civil union at Air Force base

Last month, Johnny Wandasan, a Resource Officer in the U.S. Army, joined with his partner Kenton in a civil union ceremony at the Hickam Air Force Base on July 6, 2012. It was the first same-sex civil union ceremony at the Hickam Officer's Club.

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VIDEO: Hawaii Takes Encouraging Step with Civil Union Law

The measure will help many families, but it also creates a separate and unequal system of recognition for gay couples.

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Marriage equality could move forward in some U.S. states

A handful of U.S. states are poised to take up the issue of marriage equality afresh, due largely to incoming lawmakers who may tip the balance in favor of the controversial measure.

"The work of persuasion, of personal conversations, of talking to lawmakers and mobilizing against a well-funded anti-gay opposition" are among the primary tasks for the lobbying group Freedom to Marry, said founder Evan Wolfson. "With the freedom to marry within reach this year in states such as New York, Maryland and Rhode Island, now is the time to have those conversations and move marriage forward," he said.

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