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Freedom to marry’s changed political equation

Publication: The Hill

Author: Evan Wolfson

Publish Date: July 27th, 2011

Last week, at the first-ever congressional hearing on the repeal of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), some of the more interesting statements given in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples came from Senators who, 15 years ago, voted in favor of DOMA.

Bush, Obama pollsters see ‘dramatic’ shift toward same-sex marriage

Publication: Politico

Author: Ben Smith

Publish Date: July 27th, 2011

In a new polling memo intended to shape politicians' decisions on the question of same-sex marriage, the top pollsters for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama jointly argue that support for same-sex marriage is increasingly safe political ground and will in future years begin to "dominate" the political landscape.

New York marriage equality spurs on other states

Publication: Keen News Service

Author: Dana Rudolph

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Hundreds of same-sex couples married in New York on Sunday (July 24), the first day they could legally do so. And just as the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969 gave a lift to the nascent movement for equal rights for gays across the country, marriage equality in the Empire State appears to be giving a boost to marriage equality efforts outside its borders.

Local LGBT Couples Await Their Turn At The Altar

Publication: NY1

Author: Michael Herzenberg

Publish Date: July 24th, 2011

Jacqueline Cabrera and Gabrielle Harmon of Elmhurst, Queens are getting ready to spend the rest of their lives together. They will get married next Saturday in Central Park near Columbus Circle.

Boehner Says No House Vote On DOMA Repeal

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: July 21st, 2011

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated on Thursday he wouldn’t bring to a vote before the House legislation pending before Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Solmonese, Wolfson To Testify At Senate DOMA Hearing

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: July 14th, 2011

Two prominent voices in the LGBT rights movement — Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese and Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson — will be among the witnesses who’ll testify at an upcoming Senate hearing on repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Same-sex marriage backers seek Obama endorsement

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Joe Garofoli

Publish Date: July 8th, 2011

Instead of being "worried about alienating voters," Obama's campaign "should be worried about energizing voters," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a national organization in favor of same-sex marriage.

On gay marriage, President Obama must say ‘I do’

Publication: Politico

Author: Evan Wolfson

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President Barack Obama’s Justice Department hit one out of the ballpark with the powerful, historic brief filed July 1 in one of the many court challenges to the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.”

After New York: The (Near) Future of Gay Marriage

Publication: Time Magazine, Swampland

Author: Alex Altman

Publish Date: July 5th, 2011

New York is such a powerful stage,” says Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of the national gay-rights advocacy group Freedom to Marry. “It’s a powerful opportunity that is going to ripple through the country and the world.”

Gay marriage advocate sees Pa. lagging behind

Publication: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Jacqueline Feldman and Anya Sostek

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Evan Wolfson, a Squirrel Hill native, was named by Time magazine in 2004 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his work as founder and president of the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. But in his home state, same-sex marriage is still a long way off.

How Gay Marriage Will Change Couples’ Financial Lives

Publication: New York Times

Author: Tara Siegel Bernard

Publish Date: June 27th, 2011

Couples may marry for love, but the partnership is also an economic one. And now that New York has become the sixth state to perform same-sex marriage, couples who tie the knot here will gain a variety of financial benefits and legal rights.

President Obama to Court Gay Vote and Money as Marriage Issue Looms

Publication: Fox News

Author: Kimberly Schwandt

Publish Date: June 23rd, 2011

President Obama heads to New York City Thursday evening to host a gala with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, as advocates are frustrated he hasn't endorsed gay marriage and New York state takes up a key vote on the issue

Gay marriage opponents have run out of arguments

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Greg Sargent

Publish Date: June 23rd, 2011

With a decision on New York’s gay marriage bill coming any minute now, one of the principle remaining obstacles to its passage — which would be a huge victory for the gay rights movement — is a man named Mike Long.

Gay marriage backers: NY vote has national impact

Publication: Associated Press

Author: David Crary

Publish Date: June 25th, 2011

"Now that we've made it here, we'll make it everywhere," said prominent activist Evan Wolfson, who took up the cause of marriage equality as a law student three decades ago.

Next gay-marriage showdown could be in Minnesota

Publication: Associated Press

Author: David Crary and Patrick Condon

Publish Date: June 29th, 2011

With New York now gearing up for same-sex weddings, the battle lines are forming for the next skirmishes over gay marriage — and the most dramatic could come in Minnesota.

Pressure Mounts On Obama To Back Marriage

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: June 22nd, 2011

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said Obama is ‘”lagging behind the American people” by not yet endorsing same-sex marriage when a majority of Americans now support the concept.

Gay nuptials - this time, it’s personal

Publication: New York Post

Author: Andrea Peyser

Publish Date: June 20th, 2011

"Marriage brings that statement of clarity, dignity and connectedness to another person that is immediately understood and powerful," Wolfson said.

New York a vote away from approving gay marriage

Publication: LA Times

Author: Geraldine Baum

Publish Date: June 16th, 2011

New York, where the gay rights movement was born but has run up against conservative forces, could again change the political landscape for gays by becoming the largest state to allow same-sex marriage.

Across the nation, state Republicans increasingly backing gay rights

Publication: American Independent

Author: Andy Birkey

Publish Date: June 16th, 2011

In New York state, the legislature is poised to pass same-sex marriage and would become the third state to do so legislatively, following Vermont and New Hampshire

National Organization for Marriage crusading against gay nuptials in NY

Publication: New York Daily News

Author: Douglas Feidan

Publish Date: June 12th, 2011

A shadowy group run by religious fundamentalists is bankrolling a pitched crusade against same-sex marriage in New York.

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