12th Annual Freedom to Marry Week Set for February 8-14


12th Annual Freedom to Marry Week Set for February 8-14

This Year’s Theme: 7 Conversations in 7 Days

For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2009

Evan Wolfson, Executive Director
Mobile: 646-263-5552

New York, January 14, 2009 —People across the country are beginning to take the pledge to have 7 Conversations in 7 Days to celebrate Freedom to Marry Week this year, February 8-14, 2009.  With the tremendous surge of energy in support of marriage equality since the November elections, this year’s Freedom to Marry Week is expected to be the most celebrated and successful yet.  

“Every year for the past 11 years, right around President Lincoln's Birthday and Valentine's Day, the country celebrates Freedom to Marry Week as an opportunity to have a national conversation about why marriage equality matters to everyone," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry.  “This year’s theme, 7 Conversations in 7 Days, promotes the single most important action everyone can take towards achieving marriage equality nationwide—having conversations with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and anyone who will listen.”

Freedom to Marry will promote the following 7 different ways to have conversations during Freedom to Marry Week, February 8-14, 2009:

  1. YouTube Challenge (Sun., Feb. 8)—Submit a video to our YouTube Challenge for a chance to win cash prizes.
  2. Make Your Voice Heard (Mon., Feb. 9)—Add your face and voice to the conversation.  Create a blog post, vlog, comment on our blog, change your status on facebook, or change your picture on social networks.
  3. Email for Equality (Tues., Feb. 10)—Sign the marriage resolution and email it to friends.  Support your state’s equality organization and sign and circulate their petitions too!
  4. Button Up for Equality (Wed., Feb. 11)—Sign up to receive a button to wear or put our html button on your website, blog, or social networking page.
  5. Face to Face to Equality (Thurs., Feb. 12)—Have a face to face conversation by attending or hosting an event.  Tell us about any events happening during the week, and we’ll post them.
  6. Txt 4 Equality (Fri., Feb. 13)—Receive a text or tweet about why marriage matters and forward on to friends.
  7. Get Local With It (Sat., Feb. 14)—Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

Wolfson noted, “The recipe for changing hearts and minds is information plus time.  By reaching out to people to talk with them about our lives, our commitment to equality, and why marriage matters, and giving them time and personal encouragement to push past their discomfort, we build support for the freedom to marry.  Freedom to Marry Week marks an opportunity to redouble those necessary conversations.”

Take the pledge today and tell us how you plan to get involved with any of our 7 Conversations in 7 Days


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.