Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson Announce $100,000 Match for Freedom to Marry
For Immediate Release
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
New York – Celebrating a wave of freedom to marry wins in 2011-2012 and their own joyous marriage earlier this year, award-winning Broadway producer, theater owner and Freedom to Marry Board Member Jordan Roth and his husband, Richie Jackson, executive producer of Nurse Jackie, announced a $100,000 matching grant today to build support for Freedom to Marry’s 2013 work through an end-of-year fundraising campaign.
“Richie and I are deeply honored to support Freedom to Marry’s groundbreaking work across the country. We know our own wedding this year wouldn’t have happened without it,” said Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, whose productions include the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys and Clybourne Park. “After the remarkable year we’ve had celebrating the victories of marriage equality and our own marriage, it is a unique privilege to be able to jumpstart the efforts to support Freedom to Marry’s critical work ahead.”
“The unwavering support of Jordan and Richie – and others who step up year after year – fuels the campaign we need to take the momentum we’ve built and turn it into next year’s triumphs," said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “With 4 for 4 ballot-measure victories teeing up more states to win in 2013, and the clock ticking on a possible Supreme Court marriage case in the coming year, our supporters know they are not just on the right side of history, but part of making it happen.”
Roth is a steadfast advocate for LGBT causes, serving on the boards of Freedom to Marry and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and formerly on the board of Gay Men's Health Crisis. He and Jackson married in New York City in September.
Freedom to Marry, the largest funder of marriage work in the country, raised and invested a total of $7 million into the ballot states in 2011-2012, helping to secure the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland, and Washington and fending off a discriminatory amendment in Minnesota. Freedom to Marry also guided marriage work in the states with strategic leadership and political, messaging, and new media coordination. In 2012 alone, Freedom to Marry’s work led the way to the highest national level of public support for marriage so far, 54%; President Obama’s support for the freedom to marry; and the freedom to marry plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform.
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.