About Freedom to Marry
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide.
Freedom to Marry’s national strategy has focused from the beginning on setting the stage for a national victory at the Supreme Court. Working with national and state organizations and allied individuals, we have built a critical mass of states where same-sex couples can marry and a critical mass of public support in favor of the freedom to marry. This laser-like focus combined with the hard work of changing hearts and minds has brought us to the brink of having marriage nationwide.
Now, with the U.S. Supreme Court considering freedom to marry cases this spring, we will amplify our work to demonstrate that the all of America is ready for national resolution this year.
The Freedom to Marry at the U.S. Supreme Court
On January 16, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review to an out-of-step ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and heard an oral argument on April 28th on marriage for same-sex couples. The case could decide the question nationwide and bring the country to national resolution on the freedom to marry.
In order to create the climate that maximizes the chances for a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court, Freedom to Marry will leave no stone unturned, ratcheting up our work to show without a doubt that America is ready for the freedom to marry and that every day of denial causes real harms and injustice to gay families.
In the states still discriminating, Freedom to Marry will beef up our field campaigns to grow groups of first responders, business leaders, and clergy who demonstrate the diverse majority of support for marriage. We will flood the national media with stories of real families who are harmed by discrimination while highlighting the undeniable fact that the sky is not falling in states with marriage and “backlash” has been non-existent. We deployed national TV and print ads to drive the national narrative heading into oral arguments before the Supreme Court. We will use our cutting-edge digital program to implement innovative online campaigns that amplify our field and earned media work and engage millions of Americans in effective actions to show broad support for the freedom to marry.
With aggressive earned media, digital, and field strategies, Freedom to Marry will continue to make the case that America – all of America – is ready for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. After a long journey and much debate, we will underscore the reality that it’s time for the Supreme Court to bring the country to national resolution ensuring the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.
Following the Roadmap to Victory
Freedom to Marry’s "Roadmap to Victory" has been the national strategy that has brought us to what is hopefully the last chapter in our fight to end marriage discrimination. The three tracks of the Roadmap included (1) Winning marriage in more states, (2) Growing public support for marriage, and (3) Ending federal marriage discrimination. Our national strategy has led to a wave of pro-marriage court rulings, historic victories at the ballot, and triumphant legislative campaigns that have brought the freedom to marry to 37 states and the District of Columbia, as well as some counties in Missouri (based on a pro-marriage ruling now on appeal), meaning that nearly 72% of the American people live in a jurisdiction issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The “Roadmap to Victory” is also the strategy through which we’ve grown public support to record highs of 59% nationally, with majority support in every region of the country, including the South. The federal government respects married couples as married no matter where they live, and together we have won almost all of the nearly 50 state and federal court rulings on marriage in the past year.
What we are doing is working and our strategy is winning, but winning is not won, and it’s not a done deal until it’s done.
Freedom to Marry’s History
Freedom to Marry was launched in 2003 by Evan Wolfson, the civil rights attorney generally considered the architect of the national marriage equality movement. From a prophetic vision once shared by only a few, the marriage movement has rapidly gained traction with the American public. In the past decade, we secured the freedom to marry in 33 states and the District of Columbia (with 2 additional states having the freedom to marry imminently), built a majority of robust and diverse majority of Americans who support marriage for same-sex couples, and created the climate to allow the United States Supreme Court to strike down the central part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.
This is the website of Freedom to Marry, Inc. and Freedom to Marry Action, Inc. To learn more about the distinction between these two organizations, click here.