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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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.
A Quinnipiac University poll released today and taken immediately after Gov. Chris Christie's veto of freedom to marry legislation shows that a supermajority of New Jersey voters – 57 percent – support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.
Today Freedom to Marry announced that in under six weeks its Mayors for the Freedom to Marry campaign has more than doubled, from 80 to 175 participating mayors. In addition, Freedom to Marry released a video of 13 mayors talking about why they’ve joined the campaign to talk about why marriage matters, and announced a partnership with Change.org that will assist constituents in urging their own mayor to sign on and speak out.
Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced she is joining Freedom to Marry in urging the Democratic Party to include a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 Party Platform. Freedom to Marry drafted and introduced the plank as part of its Democrats: Say I Do campaign, launched February 13.
Today Maine’s Secretary of State, Charlie Summers, confirmed that marriage advocates have collected enough signatures to allow a ballot measure this November that, if passed, would extend the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples.