Freedom to Marry is the leading campaign working to win marriage nationwide. We work with a diverse range of partner organizations and supporters from across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from the responsibilities, protections, and commitment of marriage. To learn more about Freedom to Marry, visit About Us.
Reporters looking for a factual breakdown of marriage and relationship recognition laws for same-sex couples in the U.S. can visit our "Where State Laws Stand" webpage.
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Today Freedom to Marry announced the addition of mayors from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and San Antonio as new co-chairs of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry and set a goal of reaching 500 mayors representing all 50 states. The program, launched in January 2012 with 80 mayors, now has more than 350 mayors representing 35 states and the District of Columbia.
Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a marriage equality education campaign supporting the right for any loving, committed Ohio couple to marry, launched today. The launch announcement was held in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus simultaneously.
Today, the Department of Justice stated that it would no longer enforce a section of the U.S. Code that bars gay and lesbian veterans from receiving protections for their same-sex spouses, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Washington -- The Treasury Department announced today that married same-sex couples will be treated as married for all federal tax purposes – regardless of where they live – in light of the Supreme Court ruling against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.
New York -- With continuing momentum for marriage from legislative wins earlier this year and the Supreme Court’s historic freedom to marry decisions in June, Freedom to Marry launched a new online Story Center today to gather and showcase compelling voices from across the United States, making the case for ending marriage discrimination. The stories highlight the house divided created by the denial of marriage, with those in freedom to marry states now respected for federal and state marriage protections while those living in discriminating states are denied respect, state protections, and even some federal protections.
Following the launch of Freedom Indiana at a press conference yesterday afternoon, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry applauded the local efforts of conservative leaders in the new campaign to defeat the proposed anti-gay amendment in the state.
Washington -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced today that it will begin extending full benefits to same-sex spouses by Sept. 3, marking the beginning of its implementation of the Supreme Court ruling against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. To ensure that couples stationed in states that discriminate in marriage are able to be eligible for protections and benefits, the Pentagon will grant up to 10 days of leave for unmarried gay and lesbian service members to travel to states where they can legally marry their partners.
The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted today to investigate the National Organization for Marriage, the virulently anti-gay group, for refusing to disclose the names of donors who funded its efforts to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices during the 2010 and 2012 elections.
Asbury Park, NJ -- New Jersey United for Marriage announced a campaign today to win the freedom to marry in the state, where a bill passed in the Legislature in February 2012 but was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie.
After Dramatic Flight to MD to Get Married, Couple Wins Court Ruling Respecting Their Marriage in OH
A federal judge in Ohio ruled Monday that state officials must respect the marriage of a Cincinnati couple, John Arthur and James Obergefell, who journeyed to Maryland to marry as Arthur nears the end of his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Ohio has a discriminatory constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and bars them from attaining any other form of family status. “There is insufficient evidence of a legitimate state interest to justify this singling out of same sex married couples given the severe and irreparable harm it imposes,” Judge Timothy Black wrote in his decision.