The Marriage Mastermind

Publication: Slate Magazine

Author: Mark Joseph Stern

Publish Date: April 26th, 2015

Evan Wolfson’s greatest hope for the Supreme Court’s upcoming marriage equality ruling is that it will put him out of a job. Wolfson has been fighting for nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage since the early 1980s, most recently as the president of Freedom to Marry, a wildly successful campaign. This June, his former dream may well become a reality—at which point Wolfson plans to declare victory, disband his campaign, and become the happiest unemployed person in America.

How do you change the deeply held beliefs of a nation? Here’s one strategy.

Publication: Reuters

Author: Evan Wolfson

Publish Date: April 17th, 2015

The transformation over the last 20 years in how Americans view gay people is the result of one of the most successful social justice movements of modern time.

This Gay Rights Group Wants The Supreme Court To Shut It Down

Publication: Huffington Post

Author: Amanda Terkel

Publish Date: March 23rd, 2015

On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four cases that could settle for once and for all whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Poll: Obama’s approval ratings stagnant despite economy

Publication: CNN

Author: Jennifer Agiesta

Publish Date: February 19th, 2015

On another issue slated to come before the court this term, 63% of Americans say that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized by the law as valid.

Civilities: The president made history with three words last night

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Steven Petrow

Publish Date: January 21st, 2015

Last night, President Obama spoke three words never explicitly said before in a State of the Union address: “lesbian,” “bisexual” and “transgender.”

Conservative same-sex marriage proponents push for changes in Republican platform in South Carolina

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Hunter Schwarz

Publish Date: December 2nd, 2014

Representatives from the group Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry are meeting with Republican leaders in South Carolina this week as part of a campaign across early primary states to change the GOP platform’s language on marriage.

Gun violence prevention taking page from the freedom to marry playbook

Publication: The Hill

Author: Dan Gross and Marc Solomon

Publish Date: November 18th, 2014

In recent years, the historic progress on marriage has become a great inspiration for those working to prevent gun violence.

Court Upholds Marriage Bans in Four States

Publication: New York Times

Author: Erik Eckholm

Publish Date: November 6th, 2014

A federal appeals court in Ohio upheld on Thursday the right of four states to ban same-sex marriage, contradicting rulings by four similar courts and almost certainly sending the issue on a rapid trajectory to the Supreme Court.

Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight

Publication: The Atlantic

Author: David Graham

Publish Date: October 29th, 2014

Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting.

Five Signs We’ve Reached the Marriage Equality Tipping Point

Publication: Rolling Stone

Author: Nico Lang

Publish Date: October 20th, 2014

With the Supreme Court's latest move, the writing is on the wall.

How Obama Became the Gay-Rights President

Publication: New Republic

Author: Marc Solomon

Publish Date: October 12th, 2014

The inside story of his political evolution on marriage.

Court clears the way for gay marriage expansion

Publication: Associated Press

Author: Mark Sherman

Publish Date: October 6th, 2014

The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

Gay Marriage Fight Will Cost Tens of Millions

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Juliet Eilperin

Publish Date: July 2nd, 2013

Now that the gay marriage fight is intensifying on the state level, how much will both sides spend on it over the next three years? Tens of millions of dollars.

Social Security Rules Defy Same-Sex Decision

Publication: Wall Street Journal

Author: Jared Favole and Brent Kendall

Publish Date: June 28th, 2013

As the Obama administration moves to implement the Supreme Court's landmark ruling requiring equal federal treatment for same-sex marriages, its biggest hurdle may come in the payment of Social Security benefits.

Both Sides on Same-Sex Marriage Issue Focus on the Next State Battlegrounds

Publication: New York Times

Author: Erik Eckholm

Publish Date: June 27th, 2013

Now the two sides of the marriage wars are gearing up to resume the costly state-by-state battles that could, in the hopes of each, spread marriage equality to several more states in the next few years, or reveal a brick wall of values that cannot be breached. There is wide agreement from both sides on where the next battlefields will be.

Big Wins for the Freedom to Marry. Now Let’s Finish the Job.

Publication: Reuters

Author: Evan Wolfson

Publish Date: June 26th, 2013

Nearly two years after we were pronounced married by New York state in front of our family and friends, my husband and I are finally married in the eyes of the federal government.

Obama Touts Movement on Gay Rights, But Frustrations Remain


Author: Halimah Abdullah

Publish Date: June 14th, 2013

President Barack Obama hailed steps forward for gay, lesbians and transgendered people on Thursday, asserting this community's fight for rights has reached a "turning point."

In 50 Years, Huge Strides for Gay Rights Movement

Publication: Associated Press

Author: David Crary

Publish Date: June 8th, 2013

Go back 50 years in time.

Evan Wolfson discusses same-sex marriage’s long road to the high court

Publication: National Law Journal

Author: Marcia Coyle

Publish Date: December 19th, 2012

Next year, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on two same-sex marriage cases, 30 years will have passed since a young Harvard Law student, at the forefront of that civil rights movement today, wrote a thesis arguing the constitutional, legal and social reasons for recognizing gay marriages.

For Marriage Equality, the Work’s Not Just in Court

Publication: New York Times

Author: Evan Wolfson

Publish Date: December 11th, 2012

Proponents of same-sex marriage had good reason to celebrate last week; the Supreme Court announced that it could restore the freedom to marry in California and end federal discrimination against the marriages celebrated by same-sex couples in the nine states (along with the District of Columbia) that have the freedom to marry.

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