Freedom to Marry Congratulates Reelected Obama; Historic Support of Marriage Shows Nation’s Shift
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
New York – Freedom to Marry applauded the reelection of President Obama, the first sitting president to support the freedom to marry, who campaigned on that position and saw it motivate supporters and galvanize voters in a tight race. The reelection of the Democratic candidate came after the party went on record with a historic "freedom to marry" plank in its national platform, and after the president spoke out clearly and strongly in favor of marriage in the state ballot battles. The contrast between the two presidential candidates, and the two parties, on the freedom to marry could not have been starker, and the American people voted for the freedom to marry candidate.
Evan Wolfson, president and founder of Freedom to Marry, issued this statement:
"In reelecting President Obama, the American people chose a candidate who strongly and explicitly supports the freedom to marry -- and rejected a challenger who had opposed the freedom to marry and criticized every step the president has taken to end discrimination against loving and committed gay couples and their families. Far from hurting President Obama, his support for the freedom to marry undoubtedly galvanized his base and independents, delivering the turn-out that carried him to victory. The president's reelection further reflects and accelerates the momentum for marriage, which Freedom to Marry will transform into more victories in 2013.
"As we grow support in Congress and create a climate of encouragement around the Supreme Court, we look forward to working with President Obama and other supporters across the political spectrum to advance our Roadmap to Victory national strategy for winning marriage nationwide: joining together to enlarge and diversify the majority for marriage, win the freedom to marry in more states, and overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act that discriminates against legally married couples."
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.