WATCH: Marc Solomon reflects on “Winning Marriage” strategy on Meet the Press
December 28, 2014
This week, Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director Marc Solomon appeared on Meet the Press / Press Pass with Chuck Todd to discuss his new book, Winning Marriage, to reflect on more than ten years in the marriage movement, and share strategy on how we'll finish the job and win the freedom to marry nationwide. Marc's book Winning Marriage: the Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won, released in November, is an exciting look at the strategy and key players in this dynamic campaign and movement. Slate Magazine named it a “Best Book of 2014.”
You can watch the full video of the Meet the Press interview below.
In the interview, Marc outlined how public opinion has evolved so dramatically in favor of the freedom to marry, with 59% of Americans saying they are supportive. He said:
What's happened is that as gay couples have gotten married and the American people have seen why it is they want to marry - out of a sense of deep love and commitment - they come around. Because they recognize that in order to live up to their own values, they need to support the freedom to marry. We're seeing change among older people, among Republicans, among all different religious denominations, among evangelicals. Across the board, people are getting to know gay couples who are married and seeing the integrity of their relationships.
Marc shared a bit of his personal story with Meet the Press - throughout Winning Marriage, Marc shared his personal narrative and explores the relationships he built through his work, first with MassEquality, and eventually as Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director.
"I came out a little bit later in life, when I was 30," he said. "I was a Capitol Hill Republican, worked for Jack Danforth from Missouri, then went to graduate school in Massachusetts when the marriage fight was heating up - just getting started. It seemed so right to take all of the political skills and strategy I learned on Capitol Hill and bring it to this civil rights battle."
Despite all of the steps forward the country has taken this year on marriage, Marc underlined how important it is that we keep up the fight. "The way social movements happen in this country is you start state by state, you build a critical mass, and then you go to one of the national actors and ask them to finish it. A lot of people now say this is inevitable - and 'inevitable' is a word I have a lot of problems with," he said. "I think we need to continue to make the case strongly - and once it's done, then it will be inevitable."