Freedom to Marry’s Michael Crawford named to “10 People Who Make Us Proud” list by Washington Blade

Freedom to Marry's New Media Director, Michael Crawford, was recently named one of "10 People Who Make Us Proud" by the Washington Blade.

After having helped to secure the freedom to marry in D.C., and now working to do the same nationally at Freedom to Marry, Michael Crawford is a person the LGBT community can be proud of.

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Story Leads to Action screening of ‘The Campaign’ Thursday at 92Y Tribeca

The last Story Leads to Action screening of spring will be "The Campaign," a feature documentary-in-progress that rides the daily emotional rollercoaster of the community of people-turned-activists who worked to defeat Proposition 8 in California.

Filmmaker Christie Herring was granted exclusive access to the "No on 8" campaign headquarters in San Francisco. Christie will be flying in from San Francisco to screen her work-in-progress for advocates, educators and activists who care about these issues in NYC and the Tri-State area. A discussion panel will include Freedom to Marry's Director of New Media, Michael Crawford.

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Take Action: Tell President Obama to dump DOMA

Despite the clear harm that DOMA causes to gay and lesbian families and President Obama’s stated support for repealing DOMA, the Department of Justice has issued court briefs defending federal marriage discrimination. Tell President Obama to uphold his promise to end federal marriage discrimination and dump DOMA.

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D.C.‘s David Catania on how minorities, people of faith moved the freedom to marry forward

When D.C. Councilmember and Georgetown alum David Catania (I-At Large, SFS ‘90, LAW ‘94) gave a speech at Georgetown in March of last year, he talked about marriage equality as an “undying civil rights” issue that he hoped to make progress on. What a difference a year makes: Yesterday, Catania was back on campus, discussing the successful freedom to marry legalization bill he sponsored and the role race and religion played in the fight for marriage equality in the District.

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Alert: Two DC Area Dialogues on Race, Faith, and Marriage Equality

People of color and people of faith are often charged with blocking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights. But DC's recent marriage equality victory showed that organizing people of color and people of faith was crucial.

Two panels - one at Georgetown University and another at Howard University - will examine the role race and faith played in securing marriage equality in Washington, D.C.

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Alert: State Senator Daylin Leach of Pennsylvania to debate Maggie Gallagher TONIGHT at 7pm

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Senator Daylin Leach, is one of the LGBT community's strongest allies.

He is the sponsor of a Freedom to Marry bill in Pennsylvania, and last week successfully led the effort to table an amendment to Pennsylvania's constitution, sponsored by State Senator John Eichelberger, to effectively ban marriage equality.

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Jerry—of Ben & Jerry’s fame—adds a sweet touch to a wedding in the nation’s capital

Following the passage of the freedom to marry in Washington D.C., Keith Spangler-Vellios and Andreas Vellios decided to get hitched at a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop in the Georgetown section of the city.

The well-known ice cream company has shown consistent support for marriage equality.

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GLAA’s 2010 Awards to include Special Recognition for D.C. Marriage Equality Activists

Mitch Wood, president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA), one day prior to marriage equality going into effect in Washington D.C. said, "The achievement of civil marriage equality in the District of Columbia is the fruit of decades of public advocacy and organizing by gay citizens and our numerous allies.''

Tuesday, April 20, GLAA will honor several of those (including Freedom to Marry's own Michael Crawford, left) who helped to forge that reality, among others, with the group's annual Distinguished Service Awards, presented during GLAA's 39th Anniversary Reception.

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In DC, blacks were crucial to freedom to marry debate

Gay and lesbian couples will soon be able to marry in Washington, but the debate over the freedom to marry has sounded different here, with references to interracial marriage and Martin Luther King.

Over the past year, both sides have courted the support of Washington's black community, a majority of the city's 600,000 residents and one mistakenly perceived as nearly always opposed to marriage for gay couples.

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Hill insiders say Mass. election won’t derail D.C. marriage bill

January 20, 2010

Capitol Hill insiders say D.C.’s freedom to marry bill should not be adversely affected by Tuesday’s election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to a U.S. Senate seat. Freedom to Marry's Michael Crawford said, "I think anti-marriage members of Congress may be emboldened by Scott Brown’s victory, but I think they are going to have a real challenge trying to prevent marriages from being performed in D.C." [Link]

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