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, key African-American and Latino members of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry expressed outrage with the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) campaign to drive a wedge between people of color and gay communities. In an internal memo, NOM detailed the strategic goal of its “Not a Civil Right Project”--“to drive a wedge between gays and blacks.” It also highlights a strategy to establish opposition to the freedom to marry as “a key badge of Latino identity—a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.”
Following the release of internal strategy memos of the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which call for the use of race as a means of impeding the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, Freedom to Marry joined AMERICAblog's call on GOP candidates, all of whom took a NOM pledge to push for a Federal Marriage Amendment, nominate anti-marriage judges to the Supreme Court and appoint an anti-marriage Attorney General, among other anti-freedom to marry actions to renounce their pledge.
Campaign Seeks to Secure Freedom to Marry at November Ballot
"Strategic Goal of this Project is to Drive a Wedge Between Gays and Blacks"
Today Freedom to Marry announced the Win More States Fund to raise at least $3 million dollars, every penny of which will be spent directly on the work of winning in five 2012 marriage battleground states: Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Washington.
Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted down legislation that would have repealed the state’s two-year-old freedom to marry law along with a key vote to defeat the Bates Amendment, which would have forced a non-binding referendum on marriage onto the November ballot and replaced marriage with civil unions.
In his newest book, NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter, former President Jimmy Carter discusses his evolution in favor of gay people’s freedom to marry and affirmed in an interview with the Huffington Post that he supports the freedom to marry, stating “I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.” Carter served as the 39th president of the United States, founded the Carter Center, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and is also a Sunday School teacher.
Today the White House issued a statement opposing an antigay amendment to North Carolina’s constitution that would ban recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples. Below is a statement in response from Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide.
With multiple marriage battles ahead in states across the nation, Freedom to Marry today announced three new power-house additions to its campaign team: Shawn Werner, Director of Political Operations; Thomas Wheatley, Director of Organizing; and Che Ruddell-Tabisola, Federal Associate.
Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Hansen Clarke (D-MI) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) became the latest members of Congress to join the growing number of supporters of the Respect for Marriage Act (HR 1116 and S 598), the bill that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.