There’s a lot to be thankful for this year

It's been a banner year for the freedom to marry. We've won the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland and Washington. We've defeated an anti-gay constitutional amendment in Minnesota. President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to voice his personal support for the freedom to marry - and he also became the first person who strongly and publicly supports marriage for same-sex couples to be elected president. The Democratic Party became the first major U.S. political party to include a plank supporting the freedom to marry in their official platform. Courts have ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional again and again. And public support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage is at an all-time high.

Without a doubt, these are amazing achievements. And as Thanksgiving approaches, we're especially aware of the fact that we have a lot to be thankful for this year.

Freedom to Marry is thankful for all of the progress the marriage movement has made in the past year. But more than that, we're thankful that every step of the way, we've had the support of a rapidly growing number of individuals - individuals diverse in political ideology, ethnic background, economic background, and age - who are committed to fairness for all families.

We are truly grateful for your support and all that you've done to help win the freedom to marry nationwide.

To celebrate Thanksgiving with Freedom to Marry, we've created two graphics that capture some of the energy and excitement that we've all experienced this year. Join us by sharing why you are thankful this year by posting one of these two photos to Facebook!