Gay rights groups, which suffered the stinging defeat of a same-sex marriage bill in New York State in 2009, will publicly mount a new campaign for the legislation starting this week, relying on the popular Democratic governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, to overcome Republican resistance and their own history of poor coordination.
Today, the House of Representatives Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, through Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), announced that it would be intervening in cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act's constitutionality, a move authorized earlier this year by the Republican members of the BLAG. Word then came that former Solicitor General Paul Clement -- the top appellate litigator during part of the George W. Bush administration -- will be serving as the outside counsel to the House BLAG in its DOMA defense, news that preceded a court filing by Clement seeking to allow the BLAG to intervene in a DOMA challenge.
The kick-off of the 2012 election season — marked by potential Republican presidential candidates’ travels to the early primary and caucus states of Iowa and New Hampshire — is raising questions about the degree to which the GOP candidates pursuing the White House will attack same-sex marriage in these states where gay nuptials are legal.
Freedom to Marry's Founder and President Evan Wolfson was named one of Out Magazine's Power 50 for his work on LGBT equality.
Results of a poll released Monday by the non-partisan Siena Research Institute show that 58% of New York voters, the largest percentage ever, want state lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill.
Freedom to Marry's Political Director Sean Eldridge and his partner Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes are named to Advocate Magazine's 40 Under 40.
Pittsburgh native Evan Wolfson will return to the city this Sunday for a discussion on gay marriage legislation.
Supporters of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act are calling on the Senate to hold hearings on the impact the denial of the federal benefits and responsibilities of marriage is having on married same-sex couples throughout the United States
On March 3, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a resolution purporting to "demand that the Department of Justice continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in all instances."
On February 17, the Woodrow Wilson School brought together a historian, a leading NGO advocate, a lawyer, and a Catholic priest for a student-generated panel discussion titled, "Same Sex Marriage in the United States: Where We Are As A Nation."
Op-ed by Lanae Erickson, deputy director of Third Way's Culture Initiative, and Jonathan Cowan, president of Third Way.
A March 9 meeting that Governor Andrew Cuomo convened with nine leaders in the effort to enact a marriage equality law this year in New York is getting very positive reviews from several participants.
Hollywood actors and business leaders teamed up for a pro-gay marriage initiative organized by Freedom to Marry's "Say I Do" campaign, sending a letter Monday to President Obama urging him to "end discrimination in marriage."
A total of 31 celebrities, athletes and leaders in the technology field in conjunction with Freedom to Marry sent a letter to President Obama urging him to endorse same-sex marriage in the wake of his decision to defend no longer the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Among the signers are lesbian talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her spouse Portia; gay singer Rufus Wainwright; straight actress Anne Hathway; gay media mogul David Geffen; and Freedom to Marry executive director Evan Wolfson.
Celebs and VIPs including Jane Lynch, Anne Hathaway and Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the "Say I Do" campaign Monday with a letter to President Obama asking him for clarity on the topic of same-sex marriage and urging him to support an end to "exclusion from marriage."
Freedom to Marry's President Evan Wolfson appeared on MSNBC with Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council to discuss the decision by GOP House leaders to defend DOMA in court.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo strategized with gay marriage activists yesterday in an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State.
Marc Solomon, former executive director of MassEquality, has joined national LGBT organization Freedom to Marry as National Campaign Director.
Freedom to Marry has announced the launch of Why Marriage Matters, a $10 million national public education campaign that will use TV ads to increase majority support for marriage equality over the next three years.
The Obama administration's decision to no longer back the Defense of Marriage Act won't immediately enable married gay couples to receive federal benefits, but is already shaping battles in the courts and in Congress that could affect a range of government policies.