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As Evan announced last week, we've committed to matching every contribution to Freedom to Marry between now and the end of the year, up to $100,000.

Now we wanted to take a moment to tell you why.

Like so many same-sex couples across the country, we dream of having the freedom to marry the person that we love and of building a family with the same protections and respect as everyone else. But because of the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in New York and the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," which denies married same-sex couples thousands of federal rights and protections, our dream is not yet realized.

Freedom to Marry is the national campaign that can make our dream, and the dreams of so many others, a reality. By working to win more states, grow public support, and overturn federal marriage discrimination, Freedom to Marry is leading the fight to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage once and for all.

Will you join us in supporting Freedom to Marry by contributing $25 today? If you give today, your $25 will become a $50 contribution to fuel the campaign to win marriage nationwide.

With pro-marriage governors in Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, and California, we have an opportunity to win the freedom to marry in these critical states in 2011. But it won't be easy. To implement the field, lobbying, and public education strategies needed to win, Freedom to Marry needs your support.

And unfortunately, resources are needed not only to win more states and move hearts and minds, but also to wage important defensive battles. In New Hampshire and Iowa, anti-gay groups are spending millions of dollars on efforts to repeal marriage equality in 2011.

We can't let that happen. As critical federal court cases challenge marriage discrimination in the states and the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," we must show that the momentum is on our side by winning more states and defending crucial victories.

End of the year contributions will determine whether the marriage movement has the resources needed to wage the battles ahead.

It's up to all of us. Will you join us?

Thank you,

Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge