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.
For press inquires and further information, contact:
Angela Dallara, Media Relations Manager - angela [at] freedomtomarry.org - 315.207.3983Freedom to Marry
155 W. 19th St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
Today the Rhode Island Senate approved legislation that would end the denial of marriage to same-sex couples in Rhode Island.
Today all five Republicans in the Rhode Island Senate announced their support for S38, the marriage bill to end the statewide exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, and their intention to vote for it on the floor.
Today the New Zealand Parliament passed the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in its third and final vote of a marriage bill. The bill was sponsored by Labour MP Louisa Wall and passed its second reading on March 13, with nearly all party leaders in support.
The Republican National Committee approved a resolution reaffirming its stance against the freedom to marry for same-sex couples today.
The Republican National Committee voted to approve a resolution against marriage for gay and lesbian couples today, in the wake of a letter from Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, released yesterday, calling on the party to dismiss the measure and move toward inclusion.
With the Republican National Committee beginning its spring meeting today, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry released a letter denouncing a draft resolution on excluding same-sex couples from marriage.
Today, Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN released the newest video in their joint “Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry” campaign featuring gay U.S. Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps and his soon-to-be husband Ben Schock.
The French Senate approved the most significant portion of its freedom to marry bill today, voting 179 to 157 to end the restriction on marriage for same-sex couples. The legislation faces additional votes before Senate approval of the entire bill, with final passage considered assured. Likewise, President François Hollande, a vocal supporter of the freedom to marry, is certain to sign the bill. Similar freedom to marry legislation seems likely to pass this year in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, while Uruguay voted for the freedom to marry just a week ago.
New York – The Uruguayan Senate passed freedom to marry legislation today allowing same-sex couples to marry, making Uruguay nearly certain to be the 15th nation in the world – and the fourth in Latin America – where gay and lesbian couples can share in the freedom to marry. The bill passed today had been modified slightly since passage by the Chamber of Deputies in December, but those changes are expected to be easily approved by the deputies. President José Mujica has said he intends to sign the bill.
Today Illinois Republican Mark Kirk became the 50th U.S. Senator to support marriage for same-sex couples.