Former MassEquality ED Marc Solomon joins Freedom to Marry

Author: Hannah Clay Wareham
Publication: Bay Windows
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011

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

"This is a moment of great opportunity for the movement to win the freedom to marry. The Obama Administration has said it will no longer defend marriage discrimination in court, we have a nationwide majority for marriage that we will continue to grow, the freedom to marry is within reach in several states in 2011, and crucial lawsuits add urgency to our work. Now is the time to expand our central campaign strength, with Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory as the pathway forward and personal stories making the case for why marriage matters as our fuel," said Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson. "With his deep campaign experience and unparalleled track record in marriage battles around the country, Marc Solomon is the best person bar none to manage the all-hands-on-deck Freedom to Marry national campaign to get the job done."

As Executive Director of MassEquality, Solomon led the campaign to defeat two constitutional amendments in the first freedom to marry state in the nation, beating back attacks by the Catholic Church, President George W. Bush, Gov. Mitt Romney, and the right-wing anti-gay industry. According to a press statement released by Freedom to Marry, following the victory in Massachusetts, Solomon consulted with state-wide equality organizations in Connecticut and Vermont as part of the nationwide effort to end marriage discrimination. Solomon also served as Marriage Director of Equality California following Proposition 8, and led the largest state effort in movement history to make the case for marriage through face-to-face conversations, with a special focus on building support in communities of color, helping grow public support for the freedom to marry in California from 44 percent to 50 percent.

"I am thrilled to join Freedom to Marry and help grow the urgently needed campaign to win marriage nationwide," said Solomon. "Freedom to Marry’s vision has always been to move forward on personal, state, and federal fronts, with focus and collaboration, with multiple methodologies and partners in the work, with a relentless focus on victory. Freedom to Marry has a tremendous team and visionary plan, and I am excited to bring what I’ve learned over the past decade to Freedom to Marry and enlist more people am across the country in this cause and campaign."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke out in congratulations to Solomon. "In Massachusetts, we believe that every person ought to be able to marry whomever they love, and thanks to the efforts of people like Marc that is now a reality," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "I congratulate Marc on his new role, and know that he will continue to be an effective advocate for advancing marriage equality efforts across the nation."


Hannah can be reached at hclaywareham@baywindows.com.