Evan Wolfson to be Interviewed by CBS’s Lesley Stahl at Pride Event


Discussion of Historic Supreme Court Cases

Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry

New York – On Tuesday, June 25, Freedom to Marry’s founder and president, Evan Wolfson, will be interviewed by “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl at a New York City Pride event, “Pride in the Workplace,” sponsored by McGraw Hill Financial in partnership with CBS. Wolfson and Stahl will discuss the two landmark marriage cases currently before the Supreme Court: one challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which stripped the freedom to marry from same-sex couples in California in 2008; the other against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies more than 1,100 federal protections to legally married same-sex couples.

“As we come together to mark both Gay Pride and, we hope, two good marriage rulings from the Supreme Court, it's a good time to celebrate the tremendous progress we have made in Freedom to Marry's campaign to win marriage nationwide. There’s much to celebrate, and much still left to do,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “Freedom to Marry is eager to share our winning strategy far and wide, harness momentum from the coming Supreme Court rulings, and get more people talking and plugged into the ways of moving forward, so together we finish the job and ensure that all Americans can share in the freedom to marry.”

“Pride in the Workplace”
When: Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where The McGraw Hill Financial headquarters, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 50th Floor.
Note: Cocktail and networking hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the program will follow at 6:30 p.m.
RSVP online at mhfipride2013.eventbrite.com by Friday, June 21.

Wolfson, dubbed the “Godfather of Gay Marriage” by Newsweek, is the author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry. In 2004, TIME magazine named Wolfson, who earned his JD from Harvard Law School, one of the "100 most influential people in the world." Prior to founding Freedom to Marry in 2003, Wolfson launched the ongoing global marriage movement as co-counsel in the landmark Hawaii marriage trial, Baehr v. Miike. He also contributed to the legal teams in the Vermont case that led to the creation of civil unions and Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which brought the freedom to marry to Massachusetts. Wolfson argued before the Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale and has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. He received the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama in 2012.

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.