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A Major Milestone? DOMA Repeal Advances in Senate

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: November 11th, 2011

During a Thursday meeting that embodied Washingtons ideological rift over marriage rights for same-sex couples, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to move forward a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Off-Year Advances: LGBT advocacy organizations celebrate Election Day results

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: November 10th, 2011

Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson said in a statement, ''The voters rebuffed the anti-gay attacks that sought to make undoing the freedom to marry a critical factor in the race, and instead elected a candidate who supports the freedom to marry for all Iowa families. [LGBT advocacy organization] One Iowa worked hard to make sure that marriage remains secure in Iowa and to elect a legislator who will focus on the real challenges confronting the state.''

Democratic win preserves marriage rights in Iowa

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: November 8th, 2011

A Democratic candidate won a special election on Tuesday for a seat in the Iowa State Senate a victory that will preserve marriage rights in the state.

9 writers, 6 actors, 1 huge topic: gay marriage

Publication: Associated Press

Author: Mark Kennedy

Publish Date: November 1st, 2011

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Looking for Conservative Support

Publication: National Journal

Author: Andrew Joseph

Publish Date: November 3rd, 2011

Gay Service Members Sue for Equal Benefits

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: October 27th, 2011

Freedom to Marry president Evan Wolfson, whose group was among those that SLDN had discussions with on the lawsuit, said Thursday that Freedom to Marry “is working with SLDN and others to highlight the stories of service members and their family members who suffer or are put in harm's way because of the denial of marriage and discrimination under the so-called Defense of Marriage Act — and challenging that unfairness in court is certainly one powerful way to put these families forward and fight the cruel and unconstitutional marriage discrimination they experience.”

Evan Wolfson and Cheng He - Vows

Publication: New York Times

Author: Nate Schweber

Publish Date: October 23rd, 2011

Evan Wolfson and Cheng He exchanged vows at their Oct. 15 wedding before a crowd of around 50 close friends and family members.

Petitions urge Reed to support repeal of Defense of Marriage

Publication: Providence Journal

Author: John E Mulligan

Publish Date: October 18th, 2011

"Hundreds" of Rhode Islanders have signed petitions delivered Monday to Sen. Jack Reed, asking him to join in support of legislation to repeal the Clinton-era law that -- for purposes of federal benefits, tax breaks and the like -- recognizes marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Op-ed: For Evan Wolfson, an “I Do” Filled With “I Did”

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Kate Kendell

Publish Date: October 13th, 2011

When Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson weds his partner Cheng He on Saturday, it will cap a long effort to win the right.

N.Y. Marriage Equality Activists Set Sights on Repealing DOMA

Publication: The EDGE NY

Author: Winnie McCoy

Publish Date: October 11th, 2011

In the wake of the recent marriage equality victory, countless LGBT New Yorkers can finally secure legal recognition for their relationships. Experts warn, however, that this is no time to rest on our laurels. With these newly-won rights already under attack, the federal Defense of Marriage Act still in place and many other states lacking marriage for gays and lesbians, the fight for full recognition is far from over.

One Country’s Big Gay Leap

Publication: New York Times

Author: Frank Bruni

Publish Date: October 8th, 2011

With minimal international attention, Portugal — tiny, overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Portugal — legalized same-sex marriage last year. Although the country is hardly seen as a Scandinavian-style bastion of social progressivism, it’s one of just 10 countries where such marriages can be performed nationwide, and in this regard it finds itself ahead of a majority of wealthier, more populous European countries, like France, Germany, Italy and Britain. In the United States, only six states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. How did that happen? And what wisdom do the answers offer frustrated supporters of same-sex marriage here and elsewhere around the globe?

Strong Words, But Still Evolving

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: October 6th, 2011

Saturday evening, Oct. 1, President Barack Obama addressed the Human Rights Campaign for the second time in his presidency, speaking at the Washington Convention Center to a crowd of approximately 3,000 people.

New “Cap” on House DOMA Defense Set at $1.5 Million, Additional Change Alters Payment Liability

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: October 4th, 2011

Freedom to Marry president Evan Wolfson pointed in his statement to the fact that gay and lesbian Americans are paying for DOMA's defense: "At a time when Americans are struggling through one of the worst economies in our nation's history, it is shameful that House Republicans are now tripling the spending of tax dollars -- including those of gay and lesbian Americans -- to defend a discriminatory anti-gay law that makes it even harder for committed gay and lesbian couples to take care of and protect their loved ones."

GOP Lobbyist Joins Strategy to Repeal DOMA

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: October 3rd, 2011

When Jo Deutsch and Kathryn Lehman are en route to Capitol Hill for meetings with Republicans, they find it best to avoid certain conversations. The debt ceiling is off the table. So are their respective political resumes — one has worked for Barbara Boxer, the other Newt Gingrich. In fact, the two lobbyists could not be more divergent on most issues — except repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Pentagon: Chaplains can celebrate gay marriages

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Publish Date: September 30th, 2011

Military chaplains can lead same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off military bases, the Pentagon announced Friday (Sept. 30), in a move that closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members.

Pentagon: Chaplains May Officiate Over Same-Sex Weddings

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: September 30th, 2011

The Pentagon issued on Friday guidance clarifying that military chaplains are allowed to officiate over same-sex marriages and base facilities can be used for same-sex weddings in states where such unions are legal.

CENSUS: California has more same-sex couples than other states

Publication: San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

Author: SDGLN Staff

Publish Date: September 29th, 2011

"The Census Bureau’s most recent estimates of same-sex couples reiterate the need to end marriage discrimination once and for all. The number of gay and lesbian couples in committed, loving relationships, raising families together, continues to grow, leaving more and more families without the critical safety-net of marriage,” Wolfson said.

High Hopes For Obama’s Speech To HRC

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: September 28th, 2011

“President Obama should not wait for a dinner to heed Freedom to Marry’s call — joined by more than 117,000 Americans on our ‘Say I Do’ Open Letter — to speak out clearly and authentically in support of the freedom to marry,” Wolfson said.

Census Gay Couples Data Renews Calls For More States To Legalize Gay Marriage

Publication: On Top Magazine

Author: Carlos Santoscoy

Publish Date: September 28th, 2011

“The Census Bureau's most recent estimates of same-sex couples reiterate the need to end marriage discrimination once and for all,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “The number of gay and lesbian couples in committed, loving relationships, raising families together, continues to grow, leaving more and more families without the critical safety-net of marriage.”

Marriage Pioneer Wolfson Moves Group Center Stage

Publication: Gay City News

Author: Duncan Osborne

Publish Date: September 28th, 2011

When Evan Wolfson founded Freedom to Marry in 2003, the pro-gay marriage group was a part of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and it had an budget that ranged from $1.2 million to $1.4 million annually for roughly the next seven years. The organization was an “internal movement strategy center” and a cheerleader for the marriage drive.

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