Freedom to Marry Makes a Final $100K Infusion to MN Campaign

11/1/2012

For Immediate Release

Young Conservatives Events Featuring CNN Commentator Margaret Hoover Planned for Weekend

Contact:
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
nicole@freedomtomarry.org
646-375-2044

New York – With just days left until Minnesotans vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would permanently limit the freedom to marry in the state, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, has announced a final $100,000 match for Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to defeat the discriminatory measure.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, said: "We are in the closing days of making the case to Minnesotans, and every conversation, every dollar, every vote turned out counts. That's why Freedom to Marry is digging deep to make one last investment in the top-notch Minnesotans United campaign. We all want to be able to say we did everything and gave everything we could to encourage Minnesotans to stand up for fairness and vote no."

As the on-the-ground campaign works to meet its goal of 15,000 volunteers and hundreds of thousands of phone calls and door knocks, two leadership committee members of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry are helping to boost momentum at events on Nov. 3. The leaders, Margaret Hoover, conservative CNN commentator and political strategist, and Madeline Koch, a manager of government affairs for Comcast in St. Paul, will be doing media interviews and hosting a fund-raiser to benefit the campaign.

"Freedom to Marry has been an indispensable partner every step of the way in this battle. Every time we've turned to them, they've delivered,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager of Minnesotans United for All Families. “In these final days, I firmly believe we can finish the job and win in Minnesota, and that will be in no small part because of Freedom to Marry's leadership."

This infusion of cash brings Freedom to Marry’s direct financial investment in the Minnesota marriage fight to $1.75 million. In addition, Freedom to Marry has been on the governing board of Minnesotans United since Day 1, and has provided political and messaging guidance, new media expertise and coordination, and strategic leadership. In 2011-2012, Freedom to Marry has invested $4.6 million into the four ballot states – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington – and helped raise another $2.4 million to support public education in the four states, for a total of $7 million this cycle.

Momentum in support of marriage is steadily increasing among Americans, including those who identify as Republican. Indicators include polls showing that younger conservatives are increasingly for marriage.

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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.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry.