12th Annual Freedom to Marry Week Most-Celebrated Yet

2/8/2009

12th Annual Freedom to Marry Week Most-Celebrated Yet


Theme ‘7 Conversations in 7 Days’ Utilizes Numerous Platforms to Prompt Actions Across the Country

For Immediate Release:
February 9, 2009

PRESS CONTACT:
Evan Wolfson, Executive Director
212-851-8418
Mobile: 646-263-5552
evan@freedomtomarry.org

New York, February 9, 2009 —The 12th annual Freedom to Marry Week is proving to be the most-celebrated yet with over 100 events taking place across the country and thousands of people signed up to have 7 Conversations in 7 Days about their personal stories and why marriage equality matters.

“Freedom to Marry Week is the perfect opportunity to advance equality by having a personal conversation about why excluding gay couples from marriage results in second class citizenship,” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry. “With states across the country introducing marriage equality bills in their legislatures and with decisions pending in state supreme courts in California and Iowa, now is the time to take action and have conversations to continue the public momentum toward ending the exclusion of gay couples from marriage.”

This year’s celebration involves hundreds of organizations across the country hosting events such as house parties, synchronized blogging, protest marches, and special sermons to prompt conversations in their communities.  In addition, individuals are communicating via emails, videos, social networks, and local newspapers in order to reach people of varied backgrounds, ages, faiths and geographies.  One method they will use is Freedom to Marry’s blog Straight Talk on Marriage which will highlight dozens of bloggers on different themes every day of Freedom to Marry Week.

“Having these conversations is important, but some people find getting started can be hard,” continued Wolfson.  “That's why we created 7 Conversations in 7 Days: to give people the tools so they can tell their story however they choose.  With all the conversations we expect, we know this year’s Freedom to Marry Week will be one more step that drives us toward marriage equality for all.”

For event listings and to learn more about Freedom to Marry Week [Link]

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.