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 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that same-sex spouses of active members of the military will begin receiving protections that were previously denied to them, including the issuance of military identification cards, access to family support initiatives, and joint duty assignments.
Legislative leaders in Indiana announced today that they will not vote this year on a proposed amendment to exclude same-sex couples from marriage, though they say they could take it up next session.
Today Freedom to Marry announced a 2013 drive to raise and invest $2 million through the Win More States Fund, with an initial focus on passing freedom to marry legislation in several states across the country.
Britain's Parliament voted 400-175 to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in England and Wales yesterday, with the measure on track for another positive vote in the House of Commons before final approval by the House of Lords; the legislation has the support of Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron.
Today Freedom to Marry announced two new additions to its growing boards of directors: former Amazon.com Vice President and community volunteer Jennifer Cast of Seattle, and political activist, lawyer, and Equality California founder Diane Abbitt of Los Angeles.
Washington, DC – In his second inaugural address today, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the freedom to marry, referencing "our gay brothers and sisters" and calling for equal treatment of "the love we commit to one another."
A Political Insiders poll released in the National Journal shows significant increasing support for marriage for same-sex couples across the board, with 97% of Democrats saying that their party should support marriage, and more than a quarter (27%) of Republicans saying their party should as well.
House Republicans have included language in the Opening Day Rules Package authorizing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to continue paying outside counsel to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which discriminates against legally married same-sex couples.
New York – Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) announced his support today for the Respect for Marriage Act (HR 1116), the bill to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and end federal marriage discrimination against same-sex couples. He is the 159th cosponsor of the bill, and the second Republican cosponsor.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shifted his position on marriage for same-sex couples this week, urging Republicans to heed public opinion and move toward acceptance of the freedom to marry.