Freedom to Marry Celebrates Anniversary of First Weddings in D.C.


Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, March 9, 2011) – Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, celebrating the first anniversary of the first weddings of same-sex couples in Washington, D.C.
“A year ago today, Sinjoyla Townsend and Angelisa Young were the first same-sex couple to be legally married in our nation’s capital.  In the year since Angelisa and Sinjoyla made the public promise to love, cherish, and care for one another, we have made important progress toward ending the exclusion of committed gay and lesbian couples from marriage.  Thousands of couples have married in the District, providing a critical safety-net to their families along with the personal significance that only marriage brings.”

“It is the stories of these real life families that make it that much harder for fair-minded Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to continue defending federal marriage discrimination.   President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have declared that under the Constitution’s command of equality, the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' is indefensible.  The President has spoken frequently in recent months about his ‘evolving’ views on the freedom to marry, describing his friends and ‘staff members … in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents.’   When loving couples are free to join in marriage, families are helped and no one is hurt.”


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.