District of Columbia’s Mayor Fenty Signs Freedom to Marry Bill


District of Columbia’s Mayor Fenty Signs Freedom to Marry Bill

Progress in Nation’s Capital Carries Great Advances & Momentum of 2009 into 2010

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2009, New York, NY

Evan Wolfson
Executive Director, Freedom to Marry
212-851-8418; Mobile: 646-263-5552
Email: evan@freedomtomarry.org

New York, December 18, 2009 — Statement by Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry, following the District of Columbia’s Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signing a freedom to marry bill which received overwhelming support from the DC City Council, a majority African-American council:

“With Mayor Fenty’s signature today, the nation’s capital affirms its commitment to being a fair and inclusive city. We now look to Congress to respect the City Council’s overwhelming support, the Mayor’s signature, and the outpouring of support from the citizens of DC. With the freedom to marry, the District of Columbia will be a place that offers more protection and security to all families, making the community stronger for everyone. We call on all supporters to continue to engage their friends and neighbors in conversations about the freedom to marry in the District of Columbia, and across the country, in order to protect this new law. ”

“A special thanks to all of the groups and individuals who worked so hard to bring the freedom to marry to the District of Columbia, especially D.C. for Marriage, Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, and the Human Rights Campaign.”


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.