Voices for Equality

Freedom to Marry is excited to relaunch our Voices for Equality project!  Voices for Equality features influential public figures in entertainment, government, media, business, and religion who support the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.  Some VFE figures are well-known public advocates for LGBT equality, while others are perhaps slightly unexpected.  From Lady Gaga to Coretta Scott King, our Voices for Equality come from a wide array of backgrounds, political ideologies, and experiences, but are all united under the notion that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is discriminatory and harmful.  Stay tuned over the next few days as we’ll be profiling Voices for Equality figures in a series of blog posts.

Jane Lynch is an out American writer, actress, comedian, and singer best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the hit show Glee.  A long time advocate for marriage, Jane recently married her wife Lara in Massachusetts.

Cory Booker is the mayor of Newark, NJ.  Since taking office, Booker has been a staunch advocate for LGBT equality, including creating an LGBT advisory commission and supporting New Jersey’s marriage equality legislation. Cory recently sat down with Freedom to Marry to explain why he supports the freedom to marry:

Christine Chavez is a civil rights activist, the former Political Director of United Farm Workers, and the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez.  In 2005, she took a leave of absence from UFW to work with Equality California and other organizations to protect the freedom to marry in California.


Meghan McCain is the oldest daughter of Cindy and Senator John McCain.  Since the 2008 election, she has become a vocal advocate for marriage equality in the Republican party.  In a 2009 open letter published in the New York Daily News, she wrote:

For me, this is about treating all of my friends, and all of our brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren the same as I want to be treated. Equality under the law and personal freedoms are what make America the greatest country in the world, and they are core values that I hold as a Republican.”


Steve Jobs is the Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. After Apple released a donated $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign in 2008, Jobs’ company released a statement saying, “[We] strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation.”










Be sure to check out other voices for equality & stay tuned for more updates throughout the next week!