Freedom to Marry kicks off Summer for Marriage tour

Last month, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, announced our Summer for Marriage tour in response to the "National Organization for Marriage's" anti-gay bus tour through 16 states and the District of Columbia.  The Summer for Marriage tour begins today.  With our local, state, and national partners, we've planned pro-marriage events across the country in July and August.  

Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, stated that "Together with individuals and organizations across the country, Freedom to Marry is making this a Summer for Marriage.  In advertising their anti-gay bus tour, NOM referred to supporters of the freedom to marry as those who 'pillage the values of our Nation.'  At Freedom to Marry, we know that the American values of liberty, equality, and justice for all are, in fact, for all Americans.  Families and communities are strengthened when we support everyone's ability to take care of their loved ones.  Ending the exclusion of committed same-sex couples from marriage - and the critical safety net of responsibilities and protections that marriage brings - will strengthen those families and strengthen marriage itself."

"Opponents of the freedom to marry are unable to defend their position on its merits and point to any harm from loving and committed same-sex couples sharing in the freedom to marry.  Anti-gay groups like NOM rely on diversion, division, and fear-mongering to distract from the reality that when committed couples join in marriage, families are helped and no one is hurt.  Americans are now witnessing that reality in five states and the District of Columbia, and with our Summer for Marriage tour, Freedom to Marry and our partners are going to show what being for marriage really looks like." 

Upcoming events in the Summer for Marriage Tour:  

July 14th - Augusta, Maine
Press conference at the State House led by local clergy, business leaders, and marriage equality advocates
10:30am, Hall of Flags, Maine State House, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME

July 15th - Manchester, NH
Rally in City Hall Plaza
Noon - 1pm, 900 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

July 16th - Providence, RI
Press Conference led by Marriage Equality Rhode Island
Details TBA

July 17th - Albany, NY
Picnic for couples and families who support the freedom to marry
11.30am-1:30pm, Reflecting Pools at Albany Plaza


Additional events are planned through mid-August.  Stay tuned - and visit http://www.freedomtomarry.org/ - for more details as they become available. 

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Freedom to Marry is the leading campaign working to win marriage nationwide.  We partner with organizations and supporters across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from the responsibilities, protections, and commitment of marriage.