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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Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today released a new online video featuring Major Shannon McLaughlin of the Massachusetts National Guard and her wife, Casey, who one year ago became lead plaintiffs, represented by SLDN, in a landmark federal court case on behalf of married gay and lesbian service members and veterans.
New York – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act today, saying the law violated the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.
This morning, Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations working toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, released a report showing that the Knights of Columbus has spent more than $15.8 million fighting against marriage for committed same-sex couples since 2005. That funding includes $1.9 million to the so-called National Organization for Marriage, which uses divisive tactics and deceptive messages to intimidate lawmakers and frighten voters, including a strategy to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks.”
New York –The National Engagement Party, Freedom to Marry’s nationwide series of house parties and special events, has raised $500,000 for states voting on marriage in November. This influx of cash brings the total that Freedom to Marry will have invested into the four ballot states to $4.5 million in 2011-2012. In addition to direct support, Freedom to Marry has helped raise an additional $2.4 million for public education and groundwork persuasion in the four states, for a total of $6.9 million. Freedom to Marry is the largest out-of-state funder of three of the four state campaigns this year.
In a study released today by NBC Latino, 60% of Latinos said they support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Washington United for Marriage, the broad coalition working to defend Washington State’s freedom to marry law, began its statewide television ad campaign today, urging residents to vote “Approve” on Referendum 74.
Following Mainers United for Marriage’s official launch of the “Yes on 1” campaign on Monday and the release of a new statewide ad today, Freedom to Marry announced a pledge to match donations to the Maine ballot campaign through the end of the month of up to $200,000, which would bring Freedom to Marry’s investment in Maine to $1 million this year.
Today Freedom to Marry launched the National Engagement Party, a program of house-parties nationwide to raise awareness and funds for battles to win marriage ballot-measures in key states this November. The National Engagement Party will take place in cities across the country on Saturday, October 13.
With ballot measures on marriage in four states this November, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund have teamed up to form United for Marriage, a national effort to recruit volunteers for the state campaigns.