About Freedom to Marry
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide.
Driving the Roadmap to Victory national strategy, Freedom to Marry creates the climate for a Supreme Court victory by working on three tracks: growing the national majority for marriage, winning the freedom to marry in more states, and ending federal marriage discrimination. Freedom to Marry partners with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.
No one knows exactly when the Supreme Court will take the next marriage case - but in this dynamic period ahead, Freedom to Marry will be working the strategy of the Roadmap on two timelines. If the appeals court process in one or more of 80 marriage-related lawsuits (or a case yet to be filed) moves quickly and the Court decides to hear a marriage case, we could see national resolution on the freedom to marry as early as 2015. If the Court decides to let the question linger a bit longer, we could be looking at a ruling in 2017 or later. While we cannot control the timing of when the Court will act, we do know the pathway forward - and we believe that we can win in a matter of years, not decades.
There is no mathematical formula for how to show the Supreme Court that the country is ready for national resolution, but we do know that no matter what timeline the Court follows, we can maximize our chances of victory by growing public support, winning the freedom to marry in more states, and fully ending federal marriage discrimination.
Learn more about the Roadmap to Victory.
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 31 states and the District of Columbia (with 4 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.