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Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted down legislation that would have repealed the state’s two-year-old freedom to marry law along with a key vote to defeat the Bates Amendment, which would have forced a non-binding referendum on marriage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.
A deeper look at the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted Feb. 29 through March 3, debunks the notion that support for the freedom to marry is a politically risky position and shows that, in fact, being forthrightly for the freedom to marry is a net positive for voters, and, in particular, a strong net positive for Democratic and Independent voters, as well as younger voters across the spectrum.
Today, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the Democratic National Convention, co-chair of President Obama's reelection campaign, and a chair of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, endorsed the inclusion of a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 national platform of the Democratic Party.
Today, the Washington Blade reported that 22 senators have joined a growing number of politicians and advocates who have endorsed including a freedom to marry plank in the Democratic Party’s 2012 national platform.
Today, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Representative Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), all co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, have joined a growing number of elected officials and more than 28,000 voters who have endorsed a freedom to marry plank in the Democratic Party’s 2012 national platform.
In a letter today to the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced his support for a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 platform. Schneiderman becomes the first state Attorney General to support this effort, and will work with counterparts across the country to support the freedom to marry plank.