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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Springfield, Ill. – Today the Illinois House of Representatives failed to vote on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would have affirmed the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in the state. The bill passed the state Senate in February, and Governor Pat Quinn a strong supporter, had vowed to sign it into law.
Today the Nevada Assembly passed a resolution to repeal the state’s constitutional ban excluding same-sex couples from marriage, and replace it with a measure guaranteeing the freedom to marry, with a strong bipartisan vote of 27 to 14. That vote, following the State Senate’s approval of the measure in April, puts the Legislature on track to approve it in the next legislative session and send it to voters in 2016.
New York – Today Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN released the latest video in their “Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry” series, featuring Karen Morgan, the widow of Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard. The video can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/ggP4b1BN1t8. Morgan will also be featured in a Respect for Marriage Coalition press call tomorrow of military officials, service members and advocacy group leaders on the financial inequality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); call details are below.
New York – A dinner and dancing event at the NoMad Thursday night raised $250,000 for Freedom to Marry’s on-the-ground work to win marriage nationwide. The sold-out event, underwritten by business magnate Ron Burkle, was hosted by Sydell Group CEO Andrew Zobler and Manny Urquiza, who got engaged during the rooftop cocktail party portion of the night. Honorary co-chairs were Arcus Foundation President Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelovic, and event co-chairs were Freedom to Marry board members Benjamin Dixon and Otho Kerr.
Today Brazil’s National Council of Justice ruled that government offices have no standing to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples, moving the freedom to marry forward for gay and lesbian people nationwide.
With the State Senate passing freedom to marry legislation today, Minnesota is poised to become the 12th state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. The House passed the bill on May 9, and Gov. Mark Dayton, a strong advocate for marriage, is expected to sign it tomorrow. Weddings for same-sex couples will begin on Aug. 1. The win for marriage marks a sharp turnaround, coming only six months after voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment to exclude gay and lesbian couples from marriage.
Today Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN released the latest in its “Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry” video series featuring Major Shannon McLaughlin and her wife, Casey McLaughlin, spotlighting the harms of federal marriage discrimination to their family.
Today, the Delaware state Senate approved freedom to marry legislation, following House passage two weeks ago and putting Delaware on track to be the eleventh state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
Today, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed freedom to marry legislation into law following House and Senate approval, making Rhode Island the tenth state in the U.S. where same-sex couples can receive marriage licenses.
Today the Rhode Island Senate approved legislation that would end the denial of marriage to same-sex couples in Rhode Island.