Farewell to Lee Swislow of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

As a national movement leader, Lee Swislow, the departing executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, has brought her unique skills to our movement: helping us listen to one another better and elevating our ability to collaborate and get things done.

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Dedicating our victory to enduring couples like Ralph and Paul

As yesterday's historic victory sinks in, the one couple that keeps coming to mind is Ralph Hodgdon and Paul McMahon. I dedicate this win to you, Ralph and Paul, and to all the other amazing couples who show everyone that our love endures.

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Happy Anniversary, Massachusetts: 9 Years with the freedom to marry

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the first weddings between same-sex couples in Massachusetts! Now, less than ten years after that historic day in Massachusetts, same-sex couples across the New England region have the freedom to marry.

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How we won the freedom to marry across New England

Yesterday's vote in Rhode Island makes it all but certain that this year, same-sex couples in states across New England will be able to share in the freedom to marry. How did we get here? Let's go back to 2004 and track how marriage moved forward across the region

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Freedom to Marry thanks retiring Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

Today, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced he would not seek reelection for a sixth term. Freedom to Marry thanked Mayor Menino today for all of his advocacy for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage during his tenure.

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Marc Solomon honored with Congressman Gerry E. Studds Visibility Award

This weekend, on Saturday, March 9, Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director Marc Solomon was presented with the Congressman Gerry E. Studds Visibility Award. The award honors "individuals of integrity and selflessness who embody the spirit of service and provide positive leadership for the LGBT community."

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Passages from Massachusetts marriage ruling become popular wedding readings

Just over ten years ago, in November 2003, Margaret H. Marshall, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, penned a decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. Now, some language from the decision is becoming a popular selection for readings at weddings.

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State of Massachusetts requests Supreme Court hearing of Defense of Marriage Act

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley called upon the Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 24 to take on lawsuits challenging Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the section of DOMA that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Coakley's request is now the fifth request before the Supreme Court to take one or more of three DOMA cases.

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Massachusetts celebrates eight-year anniversary of the freedom to marry

Today marks the eight-year anniversary of the first marriages between same-sex couples in Massachusetts, the first state in our country to embrace the freedom to marry.

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11 State Democratic Party Chairs endorse freedom to marry plank

Today 11 State Democratic Party chairs from across the country joined in support of a freedom to marry plank in the party’s national platform. The chairs include John Burton (CA), Jay Jacobs (NY), John Walsh (MA), Ken Martin (MN), Meredith Wood Smith (OR), Boyd Richie (TX), Jake Perkinson (VT), Mike Tate (WI), Dwight Pelz (WA), Jon Wisniewski (NJ), and Joan Wagnon (KS).

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