Natalie Portman and Fiancé Urge President Obama to Say, “I Do” to the Freedom to Marry


Join stars including DeGeneres, Hathaway, Lynch, McCormack, Sheen

Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, June 6, 2011) – Today, Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman and her fiancé Benjamin Millepied joined Hollywood stars, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, NFL stars, business, clergy and civil rights leaders on Freedom to Marry’s Say, “I Do” campaign urging President Obama to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.
"Natalie Portman and her fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, are in love, and believe all loving couples should be able to share in the freedom to marry without discrimination,” said Evan Wolfson, President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide.  “That's why today they are joining the more than 100,000 people on Freedom to Marry's Say, ‘I Do’ Open Letter calling on President Obama to do the right thing and become part of America's majority for marriage.”

Freedom to Marry kicked off its Say, “I Do” campaign in March with a letter to the president signed by a diverse set of VIPs and open to Americans from every walk of life to sign.  Since then, more than 100,000 Americans have signed onto the campaign.  The letter calls for “clarity from the President” and urges him to “join us and the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry.”  To read the full text of the letter, click here.  

Signers to the letter include Caroline Kennedy; actors Anne Hathaway, Jane Lynch, Eric McCormack, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, and Verne Troyer; television host Ellen Degeneres and actor Portia Degeneres; Bravo’s Andy Cohen; musicians Melissa Etheridge, Mya, LeAnn Rimes, and Rufus Wainwright; high-tech entrepreneurs Jack Dorsey (creator of Twitter), Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook), Sean Parker (co-founder of Napster), and Mark Pincus (co-founder of Zynga); media/entertainment execs David Geffen (co-founder of Dreamworks SKG) and Bob Wright (former chairman and CEO of NBC Universal); NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Scott Fujita; playwright Tony Kushner; civil rights icons Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus, NAACP, and Helen Fabela Chavez (widow of Cesar Chavez and founder of Cesar E. Chavez Foundation); and Rev. Peter Morales (president, Unitarian Universalist Association ).  For a full list of original signers, click here.  

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.