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Advocate Magazine 40 Under 40: Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge

Publication: Advocate Magazine

Author: Ari Karpel

Publish Date: April 11th, 2011

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.

Gay Marriage Proponent to Speak at ACLU Event

Publication: WDUQ News

Author: WDUQ News

Publish Date: March 25th, 2011

Pittsburgh native Evan Wolfson will return to the city this Sunday for a discussion on gay marriage legislation.

DOMA Repeal Supporters Seek Senate Hearings

Publication: The Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: March 23rd, 2011

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

DOMA’s Dwindling Defenders—in Congress and Across the Country

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: March 23rd, 2011

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."

Diverse Panel Leads Discussion on Same Sex Marriage in the U.S.

Publication: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Author: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Publish Date: March 21st, 2011

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."

Gay marriage: Don’t make it about ‘rights’

Publication: Baltimore Sun

Author: Lanae Erickson and Jon Cowan

Publish Date: March 21st, 2011

Op-ed by Lanae Erickson, deputy director of Third Way's Culture Initiative, and Jonathan Cowan, president of Third Way.

Eight to Ten Weeks: Cuomo huddle signals all-out marriage drive aimed at spring

Publication: Gay City News

Author: Paul Schindler

Publish Date: March 16th, 2011

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.

Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch Press Obama On Gay Marriage

Publication: The Huffington Post

Author: Nick Wing

Publish Date: March 14th, 2011

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."

Carney mum on Obama reaction to Md. marriage bill

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: March 14th, 2011

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.

Jane Lynch, Ellen DeGeneres and more sign letter to Obama to kick off same-sex marriage campaign

Publication: Los Angeles Times

Author: Christie D'Zurilla

Publish Date: March 14th, 2011

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."

VIDEO: Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson Debates Anti-Gay Activist on MSNBC

Publication: MSNBC

Author: MSNBC

Publish Date: March 10th, 2011

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.

Cuomo vows to pass same-sex marriage

Publication: Metro

Author: Alison Bowen

Publish Date: March 9th, 2011

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo strategized with gay marriage activists yesterday in an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State.

Former MassEquality ED Marc Solomon joins Freedom to Marry

Publication: Bay Windows

Author: Hannah Clay Wareham

Publish Date: March 1st, 2011

Marc Solomon, former executive director of MassEquality, has joined national LGBT organization Freedom to Marry as National Campaign Director.

Freedom to Marry Buys National Ads

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Julie Bolcer

Publish Date: February 28th, 2011

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.

Shift on Gay-Marriage Law Will Affect Array of Policies

Publication: Wall Street Journal

Author: Geoffrey A. Fowler and Evan Perez

Publish Date: February 25th, 2011

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.

Is DOMA Dead?

Publication: The Nation

Author: E. J. Graff

Publish Date: February 25th, 2011

For those who saw only the headlines, the immediate question was: is DOMA, the 1996 law limits marriage, for purposes of the federal government, to one man and one woman, dead? The short answer: no. For now, two women or two men who are married in their home states are still single for the purposes of taxes, Social Security benefits, immigration and all other federal legal matters. Although DOMA is clearly on life support, it is still the law, and it will be until Congress repeals it or a higher federal court declares it unconstitutional. (Congress itself can defend DOMA against ongoing court challenges, and outside groups can petition to intervene on DOMA’s behalf.)

BREAKING NEWS: Maryland Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Publication: SDGLN Staff

Author: San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

Publish Date: February 24th, 2011

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign, which all worked for the freedom to marry in Maryland, released a joint statement today calling on the House of Delegates to follow suit and send the marriage bill to the governor, who has promised to sign it into law.

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