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 plus the District of Columbia, 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.
In early November the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld marriage bans in four states becoming the first federal appellate court in over a year to rule against us. As a result, there is now a split among the circuit rulings, and we are calling on the Supreme Court to take a freedom to marry case this term and deliver national resolution as soon as June 2015.
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.