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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Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, hailing President Obama’s statement of support for the freedom to marry.
Today anti-gay forces succeeded in adding a discriminatory amendment to the North Carolina constitution barring same-sex couples from marrying, preventing the enactment of civil union or domestic partnership, and precluding other legal recognition for any “domestic union” other than a married heterosexual couple.
On Monday, May 14, 2012, President Barack Obama will deliver the Commencement Address at Barnard College’s graduation ceremony and receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the school’s highest honor, also being presented to Freedom to Marry’s Founder and President Evan Wolfson.
Today Caroline Kennedy joined Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do campaign calling for a freedom to marry plank in this year’s national Democratic Party Platform.
Just one day after Vice President Biden spoke in favor of the freedom to marry on Sunday's "Meet the Press," Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, became the third cabinet official in the Obama administration to publicly announce his support for the freedom to marry.
Today Vice President Joe Biden became the highest ranking U.S. official to openly endorse the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Three years after the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision affirming the freedom to marry, three former justices ousted in a retention election following the ruling will receive the prestigious 2012 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Monday, May 7.
Today 11 State Democratic Party chairs from across the country joined in support of a freedom to marry plank in the party’s national platform. The chairs include John Burton (CA), Joan Wagnon (KS), John Walsh (MA), Ken Martin (MN), John Wisniewski (NJ), Jay Jacobs (NY), Meredith Wood Smith (OR), Boyd Richie (TX), Jake Perkinson (VT), Dwight Pelz (WA), and Mike Tate (WI).
Today New York Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs joined ten state Party chairs from across the country in support of a freedom to marry plank in the party’s national platform. The additional chairs include John Burton (CA), Joan Wagnon (KS), John Walsh (MA), Ken Martin (MN), John Wisniewski (NJ), Meredith Wood Smith (OR), Boyd Richie (TX), Jake Perkinson (VT), Dwight Pelz (WA), and Mike Tate (WI).
Today more than half a dozen Democratic Congressional leaders signed onto Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do campaign calling for a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 national platform of the Democratic Party.