About Us

Freedom to Marry was the campaign that won marriage in the United States and ignited a global movement. Freedom to Marry’s “Roadmap to Victory” national strategy focused from the beginning on setting the stage for a national victory at the Supreme Court by winning a critical mass of states, building a critical mass of public support, and ending federal marriage discrimination. Freedom to Marry worked with numerous partner organizations and allies on a campaign that combined litigation, legislative work, organizing, public education, electoral strategies, fundraising, and the hard work of changing hearts and minds.

The Team

Over the course of a decade, dozens of the most talented, passionate minds came together to push for the freedom to marry nationwide as a part of Freedom to Marry's board and staff.

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Founder Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson was founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage in the United States, and is widely considered the architect of the movement that led to nationwide victory in 2015.

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In the News

How Gay Marriage Finally Won at the Polls

"Freedom To Marry helped assemble a coalition of state-based gay groups, polling experts and academic researchers to centralize and share information so that each campaign didn’t…

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Beyond Marriage: The Case for Full LGBT Equality

Published by The Desert Sun on September 3, 2015 Evan Wolfson pens a forward-looking op-ed about the work remaining for LGBT rights – specifically the lack of federal…

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Freedom to Marry is Going Out of Business. And Everybody’s Thrilled.

Published by The Washington Post on July 30, 2015 “Evan Wolfson, founder and president of New York-based Freedom to Marry, worked on legalizing same-sex marriage for 32 years.…

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Publications

‘Winning Marriage’ by Marc Solomon

In Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – And Won, Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality,…

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The Gun-Control Movement Is Borrowing the Marriage-Equality Playbook — and Hoping for Similar Result

"The conversation about marriage, Zepatos says, had to appeal to voters’ hearts, not their heads. Messaging had to be disciplined and consistent, and marriage equality activists…

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Lessons for Philanthropy From the Marriage Win

Published by Chronicle of Philanthropy on June 28, 2015 Reflecting on the marriage victory at the Supreme Court, Evan Wolfson examines the powerful role of philanthropy in funding…

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Major Donors

Campaigns need fuel – and Freedom to Marry’s work and success depended on the generous support of our individual, foundation, and corporate donors. We are deeply grateful for the confidence in Freedom to Marry and commitment that led our supporters to invest in winning marriage nationwide.

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Testimonials

“It is not hyperbole to say that Evan Wolfson occupies the top slot when it comes to leaders responsible for winning marriage in the country. Evan’s many years’ commitment and dogged determination rallied both the LGBT community and non-gay allies to support our full dignity and equality. Long before others, Evan believed we could win this fight.”

- Kate Kendall, National Center for Lesbian Rights

“Evan Wolfson, without a doubt, is the modern day founder of the marriage equality movement. In good part, we have achieved our most recent victory in the Supreme Court because of his leadership and vision. He is a hero of mine.”

- David Mixner

“Nothing about [the marriage fight] feels quick if you consider that Evan Wolfson, a chief architect of the political quest for same-sex marriage, wrote a thesis on the topic at Harvard Law School in 1983.”

- Frank Bruni, The New York Times, June 20, 2015

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