Freedom to Marry Honors the Life of Del Martin

Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, upon the passing of Del Martin, a civil rights leader who, along with her spouse Phyllis Lyon whom she married on June 16, 2008 after 55 years together, was one of the nation's first and most admired activists for equality and fairness for lesbian and gay people:

"Del Martin lived what Dr. King said he, too, aspired to — a committed life. Committed to changing our country and the lives of millions for the better, committed to her beloved spouse Phyllis, committed in meaning and, happily, thanks to the progress she inspired, committed in marriage. Freedom to Marry honors this luminous pioneer and pillar, and as we work to have and hold marriage in California and nationwide, treasures the lessons she and Phyllis taught us and the example they set."