About Freedom to Marry
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide.
Working Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory national strategy, our movement has built a critical mass of states and a critical mass of public support to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to bring the country to national resolution – as soon as next year. 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.
It’s this national strategy that has led to recent court victories effectively bringing the freedom to marry to 35 states and the District of Columbia, and also currently in Florida (where a pro-marriage ruling is now on appeal before the 11th Circuit), as well as in some Missouri counties (based on pro-marriage rulings also now on appeal), representing two-thirds of the American people. And it’s through this strategy that 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.
On January 16, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review to an out-of-step ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case, which will likely have an oral argument in late April 2015, could decide the question of the freedom to marry nationwide.
In order to get a ruling in favor of the freedom to marry nationwide from the Supreme Court, Freedom to Marry will continue drumbeating the national message, in as many ways as possible, that the Supreme Court should take up a case this term, that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry, and that prolonging marriage discrimination is unfair, harmful, and wrong.
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.