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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On the heels of a marriage victory in New York, marriage advocates including Freedom to Marry and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) sent a letter late yesterday evening to Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee calling on him to veto the civil union bill currently under consideration if it comes to his desk in its present form. The bill contains a provision that would allow religious organizations and their employees to disregard couples’ civil union status, creating unprecedented, onerous and discriminatory hurdles for same-sex couples seeking to take care of one another.
With New York State now the sixth – and largest – state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy position declaring that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is “discriminatory” and reaffirming existing AMA policy to support relationship recognition of gay and lesbian couples as a means of addressing health disparities faced by those couples and their families.
In a resounding win for the freedom to marry movement, the New York legislature today sent a marriage bill to Governor Cuomo’s desk that, when signed, will more than double the number of Americans living in a state with the freedom to marry for all committed, loving couples.
Today, Freedom to Marry released a video produced in partnership with In The Life Media telling the story of Cristina Alcota and Monica Ojeda, who, though legally married, face possible deportation or separation because the so-called Defense of Marriage Act denies married same-sex couples immigration protections.
Today, Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman and her fiancé Benjamin Millepied joined Hollywood stars, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, NFL stars, business, clergy and civil rights leaders on Freedom to Marry’s Say, “I Do” campaign urging President Obama to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.
Today, Freedom to Marry released a video produced in partnership with In The Life Media telling the story of George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros, co-owners of Bogota Restaurant in Park Slope Brooklyn, together over 10 years and engaged, waiting to marry in New York.
In its Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Obama Administration today stated that “The Administration strongly objects to sections 534 and 535, believes that section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory, and supports DOMA’s repeal."
In an interview in the June 4, 2011 issue of World Magazine, Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family, a leading funder of anti-gay attacks concentrated on denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry, declared that the opponents of equality are being repudiated by young people and have "probably lost" on marriage.
Today, Gallup became the sixth national poll in the past few months to confirm majority support nationwide for the freedom to marry. At 53%, the new poll corroborates the findings of a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll and others. Today’s Gallup poll found a 9% jump in overall support since last year, showing accelerating growth in the number of Americans who believe in the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.
Today, Caroline Kennedy became the 100,000th signer on Freedom to Marry’s Open Letter urging President Obama to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.