Staff Spotlight: Tyler Deaton, Campaign Manager for Young Conservatives

Freedom to Marry has a dedicated and diverse staff working each day to secure the freedom to marry nationwide, and we want to help you get to know each of us a little bit better. This week, we hear from Tyler Deaton, the Campaign Manager for Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, our program to amplify the voices and stories of conservatives and Republicans who support marriage. Tyler leads the effort to mobilize these young conservatives. He is also the Secretary of the New Hampshire Young Republicans and a member of the Manchester delegation to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. He also is Managing Director of b-fresh consulting lic, a project management and lobbying firm based in New Hampshire. He lives with his fiance, Jay (right), in Manchester, NH. 

1) Where are you from, and what brought you to New Hampshire?

I grew up in Georgia and Alabama. My fiancé and I met while studying political science at Wheaton College in the Chicago suburbs. One reason we came to New Hampshire was for the vibrant political scene. Not only does it host the first-in-the-nation primary, it's also a swing state with fiercely independent people ("Live Free or Die"). As Republicans who break the mold, we found it an exceptionally welcoming and enjoyable place to call "home."

2) You previously worked with Standing Up for New Hampshire Families working to protect the freedom to marry. What did you learn through that experience, and how has it informed your experiences with Freedom to Marry?

The Republican Party is ready to change. We convinced GOP leaders that this is no longer a partisan issue – the freedom to marry is consistent with our conservative values of strong families, fairness, and limited government. The experience left me confident that we can continue to move toward greater freedom. The message resonated in New Hampshire, and we are seeing similar results nationwide as we build Republican coalitions. 

3) What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy traveling with my fiancé and dog; inventing recipes and trying adventurous foods with friends; and power-watching shows on Netflix. I'm always looking for a new novel.

4) What has been your favorite "freedom to marry" moment - a time in the movement that has particularly resonated with you?

The moment that a majority of House Republicans in New Hampshire voted to uphold the freedom to marry in our state. Or, perhaps it was the election only a few months later, when a huge majority of those brave Republicans held their seats in the legislature. Or, even better, the moment that my partner of 7 years surprised me by proposing in Central Park.

5) Why does the freedom to marry matter to you?

I know what it's like to grow up in a place where gay people are not always accepted. I remember watching the freedom to marry pass in New York in the summer of 2011 and thinking what an important signal that sent to gay youth around the country. It meant they could be true to themselves and have a normal life. The freedom to marry leads to stronger, more stable families, and that's better for gay and straight people alike.

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