Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry expands with new members, video campaign

Today, dozens of new conservative voices joined Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, the campaign to amplify and build support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples among young conservatives across the United States. This growing group of leading conservative voices explain that their political ideology compels them to support marriage because of their strong belief in freedom and limited government. Check out all of the new members here

The group today also released a series of videos that showcase members of the campaign and reasons they support marriage for same-sex couples. Here is the feature video in the campaign. Three additional 30-second online ads featuring Meghan McCain; Abby, Liddy, and Mary Anne Huntsman; and Margaret Hoover also begin running this week. 


Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry campaign manager Tyler Deaton championed the expansion today in a release. He said:

With landmark Supreme Court rulings on marriage expected to be released any day now, it's more urgent than ever to showcase the powerful voices of conservatives who support marriage for same-sex couples. Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry now boasts 65 accomplished leaders in Republican and right-of-center circles who are diverse in their geography, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and more. As the GOP seeks to grow in relevance and win new votes, it's urgent that its elected officials listen to the conservative case for marriage and join us. 

Today's expansion follows a report from last week by the College Republican National Committee that found that 26% of respondents would not vote for a political candidate who is opposed to marriage for same-sex couples. Other recent polling demonstrates increased support for marriage among conservatives - with a recent ABC poll indicating that 52% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents younger than 50 years old support the freedom to marry. 

Hessy Fernandez, president and CEO of the Principal Strategy Group, national Hispanic spokesperson of the McCain-Palin '08 Republican presidential campaign, and former Director of Outreach Communications and national Hispanic spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, explained why she joined Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. She said: 

I am a conservative because I believe in family values, more freedom, and less government. The freedom to marry is completely in line with those conservative values. Republicans are swiftly moving towards supporting marriage for same-sex couples, and I am proud to be part of this group of leaders.

Learn more about Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry HERE.