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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Marylanders voted in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples today, affirming the freedom to marry legislation passed earlier this year and challenged in a ballot-measure. Today’s vote to affirm the law means that Maryland will begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Jan. 1, 2013.
Maine today became the first state to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples through a majority vote on a ballot measure.
Freedom to Marry applauded the reelection of President Obama, the first sitting president to support the freedom to marry, who campaigned on that position and saw it motivate supporters and galvanize voters in a tight race.
New York – With just days left until Minnesotans vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would permanently limit the freedom to marry in the state, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, has announced a final $100,000 match for Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to defeat the discriminatory measure.
Washington, DC – Today President Obama called on Americans to support the freedom to marry when they vote on ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington. The president has previously spoken out against a Minnesota proposal to exclude gays and lesbians from marriage in the state constitution. Washington residents are already voting by mail, while voters in the other three states will vote at the polls on Nov. 6.
Freedom to Marry today announced a $100,000 investment into the freedom to marry campaign in Maryland to support the airing of two radio spots, one featuring President Barack Obama and the other, NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond.
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.