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This fall, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit will consider the appeal of a February 2014 ruling in favor of the freedom to marry in Texas. Dozens of "friends of the court" have filed briefs in the case, De Leon v. Perry, urging the 5th Circuit to affirm the ruling and pave the way for the freedom to marry in Texas.
Freedom to Marry spokespeople have been making the case for marriage in various media outlets for decades. Here is a selection of some of the best articles and speeches that reflect Freedom to Marry's strategy to win marriage nationwide for all loving and committed same-sex couples.
The United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms its support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and urges the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, to speedily bring national resolution by ruling in favor of the freedom to marry nationwide.
All of this progress, this joy, this momentum, didn’t just happen. It wasn’t the product of one organization, one person, one case, one state, one battle, or even one decade. We celebrate tonight the Freedom to Marry strategy that - through the movement’s embrace, involvement, and investment - brought us this momentum and progress and will bring us to our goal: the freedom to marry nationwide.
In April 2014, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry kicked off a new campaign to "Reform the Platform," removing anti-gay, anti-marriage language from the 2016 Republican Party platform. Here is the full text of the proposed platform language.
This is the piece that Evan Wolfson published in the September 11, 2001 edition of 'The Advocate,' laying out the pathway forward for the campaign to win marriage nationwide. The article serves as a blueprint for the movement for marriage.
While a lawsuit in Pennsylvania is ongoing and we are uncertain of its ultimate outcome, one thing is clear. LGBT citizens, those who are residents of our commonwealth and indeed LGBT citizens across the entire nation, must re-evaluate their estate and tax planning.
A December 2013 poll conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove in states where gay and lesbian couples do not yet have the freedom to marry finds growing momentum in support of the freedom to marry. A majority of registered voters living in these states now support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, 51% -41%.
Momentum for the freedom to marry continues to build. And it’s clear from the past few weeks the path ahead is dynamic and full of flashpoints, including in some of the more conservative parts of the country. This memo looks at what the recent Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah court victories—and others potentially soon to come—mean in the context of our overall strategy to win the freedom to marry nationwide.
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson received the Douglas W. Jones Leadership Award at the Empire State Pride Agenda's fall dinner in New York City. Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter behind Angels in America and Lincoln, presented Evan with the prestigious honor.
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson received the Douglas W. Jones Leadership Award at the Empire State Pride Agenda's fall dinner in New York City.
Many government departments and program facilitators have issued statements on their implementation of the DOMA Supreme Court ruling. Freedom to Marry has collected a round-up of these statements below.
The demise of DOMA marks a turning point in how the United States government treats the relationships of married same-sex couples for federal programs that are linked to being married. At the same time, a turning point is part of a longer journey, not the end of the road. There is much work ahead before same-sex couples living across the nation can enjoy all the same protections as their different-sex counterparts.
Read the 2014 update to the brochure about 'Familia es Familia' - a public education campaign co-led by dozens of Latino organizations and Freedom to Marry that works to build and amplify support for gay and lesbian people, and the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, in the Latino community.
The full text of Freedom to Marry founder and President Evan Wolfson's thesis on 'Same-Sex Marriage and Morality: The Human Rights View of the Constitution' from April 1983.