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Focus on the Family

Publication: National Journal

Author: Jim O'Sullivan

Publish Date: June 25th, 2012

President Obama’s interview last month announcing his shift on gay marriage was worth parsing for more than its political implications. “I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally,” Obama said. Then, adopting a new tone, he disavowed his earlier position that “civil unions would be sufficient” in providing benefits like hospital-visitation rights.

A poster couple a year later

Publication: New York Press

Author: David Gibbons

Publish Date: July 21st, 2012

Freedom to Marry (FTM) sparked its campaign to win the right to same-sex marriage in New York State last year with a series of short videos featuring charming, engaging gay couples–not least among them George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros–that put a human face on the issue and helped insure the movement’s success.

A Poster Couple A Year Later

Publication: New York Press

Author: David Gibbons

Publish Date: June 21st, 2012

Freedom to Marry (FTM) sparked its campaign to win the right to same-sex marriage in New York State last year with a series of short videos featuring charming, engaging gay couples–not least among them George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros–that put a human face on the issue and helped insure the movement’s success.

The Freedom to Marry

Publication: Momentum Magazine

Author: Evan Wolfson, President and Founder of Freedom to Marry

Publish Date: June 20th, 2012

The past few months have brought surging momentum to our campaign to win the freedom to marry. From the President’s heartfelt and powerful embrace to the unanimous federal appellate ruling that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, we continue to make huge progress along the Roadmap to Victory, Freedom to Marry’s national strategy. But until all loving, committed couples can share in the freedom to marry nationwide, the work is not yet done. And the necessary work won’t just do itself.

Minnesota CEO Rallying Fellow Execs to Publicly Oppose Marriage Amendment

Publication: Bloomberg Businessweek

Author: Julie Forster and Tom Webb

Publish Date: June 17th, 2012

When he talks privately to other corporate executives, John Taft says he's noticed two things. First, he finds that almost none of Minnesota's business leaders support the marriage amendment. That amendment would add to the state constitution, "only a union between one man and one woman will be recognized as a marriage in Minnesota." But second, Taft finds that almost no CEOs are eager to take a public stand on a controversial issue such as same-sex marriage, wary of seeing their companies caught up in a culture war.

Kids of gay parents fare worse, study finds, but draws fire from experts

Publication: CBS News

Author: Ryan Jaslow

Publish Date: July 12th, 2012

A new study that finds children of a gay or lesbian parent may be more likely to have social and emotional problems has sparked controversy on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.

Capt. Stephen Hill, Gay Soldier Booed at GOP Debate, Pushes for Marriage Equality

Publication: Huffington Post

Author: Erin Mershon

Publish Date: June 11th, 2012

The U.S. servicemember who was booed during a Republican presidential debate for asking about the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" lent his voice to a video ad released Monday that highlights inequalities for gay servicemembers and their families.

Capt. Stephen Hill, Gay Soldier Booed at GOP Debate, Pushes For Marriage Equality

Publication: The Huffington Post

Author: Erin Mershon

Publish Date: June 11th, 2012

The U.S. servicemember who was booed during a Republican presidential debate for asking about the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" lent his voice to a video adreleased Monday that highlights inequalities for gay servicemembers and their families.

Momentum 2012: a big year already, with more ahead

Publication: Huffington Post

Author: Evan Wolfson

Publish Date: June 9th, 2012

President Obama's announcement of support for the freedom to marry, a decision rooted in the Golden Rule of "treating others the way you would want to be treated," is a historic milestone for the global freedom to marry movement.

Momentum 2012: A Big Year Already, With More Ahead

Publication: The Huffington Post

Author: Evan Wolfson, President and Founder of Freedom to Marry

Publish Date: June 9th, 2012

President Obama's announcement of support for the freedom to marry, a decision rooted in the Golden Rule of "treating others the way you would want to be treated," is a historic milestone for the global freedom to marry movement. The President joins a growing number of Americans who have opened their hearts and changed their minds, moved by conversations about why marriage matters, the stories of couples doing the work of marriage in their own lives but disrespected by the law, and reflection on basic values of fairness and freedom.

A Powerful Combination

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Laura M. Holson

Publish Date: May 4th, 2012

Since moving to New York in 2009, Mr. Hughes and his even younger fiancé, Sean Eldridge, 25, an investor and political activist, have emerged as a significant force in political circles, becoming enthusiastic fund-raisers for the progressive issues they support, which include gay civil rights.

The flight for marriage for equality moves to state ballots

Publication: Rolling Stone

Author: Jilian Rayfield

Publish Date: June 8th, 2012

Gay marriage supporters have had plenty to cheer lately, from President Obama's endorsement, to DOMA's First Circuit smackdown (not to mention several at the district-court level), to the Ninth Circuit court's decision to skip a full-panel review of California's anti-same-sex marriage Proposition 8, fast-tracking it to a potential Supreme Court hearing.

The Fight for Marriage Equality Moves to State Ballots

Publication: Rolling Stone

Author: Jillian Rayfield

Publish Date: June 8th, 2012

Gay marriage supporters have had plenty to cheer lately, from President Obama's endorsement, to DOMA's First Circuit smackdown (not to mention several at the district-court level), to the Ninth Circuit court's decision to skip a full-panel review of California's anti-same-sex marriage Proposition 8, fast-tracking it to a potential Supreme Court hearing.

How the gay-rights movement won

Publication: The American Prospect

Author: E.J. Graffson

Publish Date: June 7th, 2012

Linda Hirshman's new book tries to uncover how the LGBT movement accomplished so much in such a short span of time.

Judges open door for supreme court showdown over same-sex marriage

Publication: CNN

Author: Bill Mears

Publish Date: June 6th, 2012

The divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California may become another landmark case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appeals court judges refused Tuesday to revisit an earlier ruling.

California takes another step toward marriage equality

Publication: People's World

Author: Marilyn Bechtel

Publish Date: June 6th, 2012

California took one more step on the road toward marriage equality this week, with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' June 5 announcement that it will not rehear a three-judge panel's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry

Publication: The Huffington Post

Author: Evan Wolfson, President and Founder of Freedom to Marry, and Aubrey Sarvis

Publish Date: May 28th, 2012

Earlier this month, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted an afternoon tea at the White House to recognize military mothers and wives. The celebration on Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Mother's Day was part of their Joining Forces initiative, which asks all American citizens to take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families.

Obama Showed Moral Leadership With Gay Marriage Support

Publication: US News

Author: Evan Wolfson, President and Founder of Freedom to Marry

Publish Date: May 11th, 2012

Wednesday, President Obama shared with the American people his journey to support for the freedom to marry—a journey that a majority of Americans have taken with him and that many are still on. Fortunately, in 2012, coming out in support for the freedom to marry was not only the right thing to do, but the right thing to do politically. And for Democrats, independents, and those who want to appeal to 2008 Obama supporters, it's an overwhelmingly clear political advantage.

Obama says same-sex marriage should be legal

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Jackie Calmes and Peter Baker

Publish Date: May 9th, 2012

Before President Obama left the White House on Tuesday morning to fly to an event in Albany, several aides intercepted him in the Oval Office. Within minutes it was decided: the president would endorse same-sex marriage on Wednesday, completing a wrenching personal transformation on the issue.

11 dem state chairs endorsing ‘freedom to marry’

Publication: Politico

Author: Alexander Burns

Publish Date: May 3rd, 2012

Eleven Democratic state party chairs will announce their support today for a propose "freedom to marry" plank in the 2012 Democratic platform.

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