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.
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.)
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.