Washington, D.C. Council Overwhelmingly Passes Bill in Support of the Freedom to Marry

12/15/2009

Washington, D.C. Council Overwhelmingly Passes Bill in Support of the Freedom to Marry

A Year of Great Advances Ends with Yet Another Step Forward & Continued Momentum into 2010


For Immediate Release:
December 15, 2009, New York, NY

PRESS CONTACT:
Evan Wolfson
Executive Director, Freedom to Marry
212-851-8418; Mobile: 646-263-5552
Email: evan@freedomtomarry.org

New York, December 15, 2009 - Statement by Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry, following the District of Columbia City Council's second and final 11-2 vote in support of the freedom to marry:

"Today Washington, DC's elected representatives voted to end the denial of the freedom to marry in our Nation's Capital, amid the cheers of a majority of DC residents and a surge of hope and happiness from the families who will be helped, even as no one is hurt. Five of seven African-American city council members on the majority African-American council supported the freedom to marry, and Mayor Adrian Fenty, also African-American, has promised to sign the bill. Washington's home-rule vote for the freedom to marry builds on the Golden Rule, treating committed gay couples and their families as each of us wants our loved ones to be treated in a country based on liberty and justice for all."

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.