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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.

The Anti-Gay Base Is Shrinking

Publication: The New York Times

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

Publish Date: April 16th, 2012

Last summer, Freedom to Marry hosted a National Press Club briefing to showcase a message to candidates of both parties from lead pollsters for President Obama and George W. Bush. The pollsters agreed: the political equation has shifted dramatically – with accelerating momentum and growing intensity in favor of the freedom to marry.

Group Sought Wedge Between Blacks, Gays to Fight Same-sex Marriage

Publication: CNN

Author: the CNN Wire Staff

Publish Date: March 28th, 2012

A national group opposed to same-sex marriage aimed to fight it by driving "a wedge between gays and blacks" and identifying "glamorous" Latino artists and athletes to advocate traditional marriage, according to newly released confidential memos.

22 U.S. Senators Call for Marriage Equality Plank in Dem Platform

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: March 2nd, 2012

A group of U.S. senators is joining the wave of LGBT rights supporters calling for an endorsement of marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform.

Maryland Senate Passes Same-sex Marriage Bill

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Lou Chibbaro Jr.

Publish Date: February 24th, 2012

The Maryland Senate voted 25 to 22 Thursday night to approve a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, clearing its final hurdle in the state legislature before it goes to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has pledged to sign it.

N.J. Governor Vetoes Same-sex Marriage Bill

Publication: CNN U.S.

Author: David Ariosoto

Publish Date: February 17th, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed, setting up a confrontation with a Democrat-controlled legislature that has vowed to eventually get the bill into law.

Washington Legalizes Gay Marriage, Extending Patchwork of States

Publication: Bloomberg Businessweek

Author: Esme E. Deprez and Amanda J. Crawford

Publish Date: February 14th, 2012

Governor Christine Gregoire signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington, making it the seventh in the patchwork of states granting the right to gay and lesbian couples.

After the Prop 8 Victory, What’s Next?

Publication: The Huffington Post

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

Publish Date: February 9th, 2012

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that Proposition 8, the anti-gay measure that stripped gay and lesbian couples in California of the freedom to marry, is unconstitutional. Yesterday, Feb. 8, the Washington legislature passed a marriage bill that will go to the governor's desk for her signature. And today, we look at the work ahead to ensure that all loving and committed couples are able to share in the meaning and protections of marriage.

Pass ‘Freedom to Marry’

Publication: The Hill

Author: Jo Deutsch, Freedom to Marry's Federal Director

Publish Date: February 2nd, 2012

There's no denying that marriage is on the march forward. Across the nation, from New Jersey to Washington State, the freedom to marry is being discussed at dinner tables and in state legislatures. In November, we'll be fighting for marriage at the ballot in Maine and trying to fend off an anti-marriage constitutional amendment in Minnesota. And here in the nation's capital, the conversation continues to dominate the 2012 political narrative.

N.J. gay rights advocates fight a vote on same-sex marriage

Publication: Associated Press

Author: Geoff Mulvihill

Publish Date: January 30th, 2012

Gay rights advocates in New Jersey have been pushing for a decade to get state courts or lawmakers to recognize same-sex marriage. But last week, they demurred when Gov. Christie called for a public vote to settle the topic.

Same-sex marriage may hinge on Supreme Court

Publication: National Public Radio

Author: Tovia Smith

Publish Date: January 24th, 2012

With New York's legalization of same-sex marriage effectively doubling the number of Americans living in states where gays can marry, gay advocates like to say 2011 was a big year. It's hard to imagine another doubling this year, but proponents are still hoping to build on last year's success.

Video: Washington set to pass same-sex marriage

Publication: CNN

Author: CNN Staff

Publish Date: January 24th, 2012

Evan Wolfson discusses the effort to legalize the freedom to marry in Washington state.

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