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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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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Breaking: Senate Hearing on DOMA expected in “coming weeks”

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced today the Committee will hold the first congressional hearing on repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in the “coming weeks.”

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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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Maryland set to expand gay rights to include the freedom to marry

Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to legally honor the marriages of same-sex couples as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.

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Vermont couple fights for federal recognition of their marriage

Thirty-three years after first meeting, Raquel Ardin and Lynda Deforge have reluctantly stepped into the spotlight as advocates for gay rights.

The Hartland couple is among a group of lesbians and gay men suing the federal government, challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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GLAD files lawsuits challenging so-called Defense of Marriage Act

Two new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states to challenge a 1996 law denying married gay couples federal benefits.

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Radio: Rosie O’Donnell on Evan Wolfson and the freedom to marry

Rosie O'Donnell called in to Michaelangelo Signorile's radio show yesterday as part of a discussion on why marriage is important for the LGBT community.

She mentioned a meeting with Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and a personal legal experience from her past as experiences that opened her eyes to the importance of marriage equality.

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Freedom to Marry Voices for Equality figure prominently in 2010 election

Many of Freedom to Marry’s Voices for Equality figured prominently in the 2010 election cycle.

Have you checked out our over 1300 VFEs lately?

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Freedom to marry law gives a boost to wedding business

Wedding businesses were just as excited as equal rights groups when marriage equality became legal in the Granite State earlier this year.

It opened up a new market during one of the worst economic periods the country has ever seen.

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