How we’ll win the freedom to marry nationwide
August 15, 2013
The answer lies in the Roadmap to Victory, the three-track plan for returning to the U.S. Supreme Court and finishing the job by bringing the country to national resolution and extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in all 50 states.
Last month, Freedom to Marry outlined the next phase of the Roadmap to Victory, the first concrete plan for nationwide victory since the June 2013 Supreme Court rulings. It extends the winning strategy that has led us to this moment: winning more states, ending federal marriage discrimination, and diversifying the growing majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry for all families.
This week, we unveiled a new outline to guide you through the three tracks of the roadmap and how they'll help us return to the Supreme Court for a national victory.
To kick off our next phase of work to WIN MORE STATES, last month Freedom to Marry invested $500,000 in state marriage campaigns, including $250,000 in the ballot campaign to win marriage in Oregon by overturning an anti-marriage constitutional amendment and replace it with the freedom to marry. This fresh investment was part of more than $3 million that Freedom to Marry has raised and channeled to state marriage battles in 2013 through the Win More States Fund.
In 2013 and 2014, under the direction of the recently hired Director of State Campaigns Richard Carlbom - who led Minnesota to victory in 2012 and 2013 - Freedom to Marry will work to win marriage in four new states: Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Oregon. Along the way, we will be laying the groundwork for victory in at least six additional states in 2015 and 2015 - some combination of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Freedom to Marry will also continue working closely with our legal partners on state-specific public engagement strategies.
After the United States Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Windsor v. United States, which struck down the central part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal respect for legal marriages between same-sex couples, unconstitutional, Freedom to Marry will work to fully END FEDERAL MARRIAGE DISCRIMINATION. We are guiding a multi-faceted strategy to ensure that legally married same-sex couples are treated as married for all federal programs. We will continue helping to guide work with the Obama administration, which has already taken strong steps to ensure that the Supreme Court ruling is fairly implemented in critical areas - including immigration, personnel policies for federal employees, and Social Security. Learn more about how the DOMA ruling has been implemented across a wide variety of federal programs HERE.
We will also continue leading the work to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would repeal DOMA entirely. Our bipartisan federal team in Washington, D.C. has helped increase support for the bill from 18 Senators and 108 Representatives at the time of its initial introduction in 2011 to 42 Senators and 161 Representatives in 2013, when it was reintroduced in Congress on June 26, 2013.
Throughout all of this work at the state and federal level, Freedom to Marry will continue work to GROW THE MAJORITY FOR MARRIAGE by deploying a diverse array of powerful messengers and groundbreaking research. Our new goal: increase public support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage to over 60% by 2016.
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