Tag Archives: Freedom To Marry

TRAILER: The Freedom To Marry

Just in from Evan Wolfson, former president of the gone-out-of-business Freedom To Marry: On June 26, it will be one year since the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the freedom to marry nationwide. Love won – and the path to our triumphant victory stretched back years and miles. It was paved by the efforts, talents, and engagement of millions of people. ...

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JAPAN: US Embassy Tweets Marriage Equality Message From Evan Wolfson To Promote Rainbow Week [VIDEO]

Less than a month after last year’s landmark ruling from the Supreme Court, Freedom To Marry held its “going out of business” gala and has since closed its offices. But founder Evan Wolfson is far from retired from fighting for LGBT equality. From the US Embassy in Tokyo: “To mark the beginning of Tokyo Rainbow Week starting tomorrow, here’s a ...

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American Bar Association Honors Evan Wolfson

From the American Bar Association: Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, was a recipient of the 2016 Stonewall Award from the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity during an award ceremony on Feb. 6 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego. Wolfson is considered by many as the father of the same-sex marriage movement. ...

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Freedom To Marry Launches Legacy Site As Model For Other Nations Moving Towards Marriage Equality

Freedom To Marry has relaunched its website to serve as an instructive tool for overseas activists pursuing marriage equality in their own nations. Evan Wolfson writes: What a journey it was – full of pain, injustice, loss, and sacrifice, but also, of course, love, hope, confidence, trust, transformation, and, ultimately, triumph. Through hard work, we held America to its promise, ...

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State Department Invites Evan Wolfson To Help Marriage Battle In Three European Nations

Freedom To Marry may have already held its “going out of business” party, but founder Evan Wolfson still has marriage battles to fight. Via the Guardian: US embassies in Europe have invited an instrumental figure in the movement to legalize same-sex marriage to visit three countries where it is not yet legal. Evan Wolfson, founder of marriage equality campaign group ...

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Freedom To Marry: Celebrating Victory

Via press release: Today, as it begins the promised campaign wind-down having achieved its goal of winning marriage nationwide, Freedom to Marry released a video celebrating the victory and featuring some of the many people, milestones, and hard work that paved the way. The video premiered at Freedom to Marry’s Victory Celebration event last Thursday, July 9, where Vice President ...

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NEW YORK: Biden Celebrates At Freedom To Marry’s “Going Out Of Business” Gala

Via the New York Daily News: Vice President Joe Biden led a raucous reception for marriage equality Thursday night at Cipriani Wall Street in lower Manhattan. The gala, celebrating the June 26 Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, was thrown by Freedom to Marry, an advocacy group that has fought for same-sex marriage since ...

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Freedom To Marry Celebrates

Lovely. Who’s the vocalist?

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Quote Of The Day – Evan Wolfson

“I always believed we would win, but what a joy and relief it was when our victory came. As I read the Supreme Court opinion, as I followed the stories across the country of couples getting married, and as so many people wrote me with wonder, attaching pictures of their families, their kids, their weddings … well, I cried and ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “An NBC station in Tennessee is refusing to broadcast footage of a gay soldier who wants to get married. The governor of North Carolina vetoed a bill that would let state officials turn gay couples away from marriage counters — but the bill’s not dead yet. And Alabama is actually going through with a threat to stop issuing ...

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TENNESSEE: Chattanooga NBC Affiiliate Refuses To Air Freedom To Marry Ad

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: “It’s just a very controversial and personal issue, and we just choose to not air a commercial on either side of that debate,” Tom Tolar, the president and general manager of Chatanooga-based WRCB, told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. The ad crossed the station’s lines, he explained, because “people probably have really strong opinions ...

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Quote Of The Day – Evan Wolfson

“With a nationwide landslide in favor, Ireland now becomes the first country in the world to pass the freedom to marry by popular referendum, as well as the 21st nation and the 10th predominantly Catholic country in which same-sex couples can marry. Our Irish colleagues at Yes Equality ran a magnificent campaign and Freedom to Marry is proud to have ...

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Marriage Plaintiffs Meet In DC

On the eve of yesterday’s SCOTUS hearings, same-sex marriage plaintiffs from more than 30 states met each other, mostly for the first time, in a Washington DC reception hosted by Freedom To Marry. Tony Adams reports at South Florida Gay News: Freedom To Marry’s Executive Director, Evan Wolfson, said, “This is such an amazing gathering, where Freedom To Marry is ...

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Freedom To Marry: Our Closing Argument

Via press release: Ahead of Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Freedom to Marry released a national TV ad showing that America, all of it, is ready for same-sex couples to marry. The spot begins airing on three Sunday morning political shows and 60 Minutes, in addition to national cable programs throughout next week. “With this latest ad, ...

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Tweetstorm: #LoveMustWin

In the final days before the SCOTUS hearing, Freedom To Marry has launched the #LoveMustWin hashtag across social media, earning the tweeted support of politicians like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and many others. Above on the left is Broadway’s Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who notes on Instagram that he remains unable to marry in his home state of Michigan.

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General Mills Puts Freedom To Marry Head Evan Wolfson On The Wheaties Box

Freedom To Marry: “Wheaties is ‘the breakfast of champions’ and General Mills, its parent company, is a supporter of the freedom to marry. So, it’s pretty cool that they created a commemorative box featuring Freedom to Marry’s President Evan Wolfson.” Uh oh, time for double boycott!

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Freedom To Marry Celebrates Alabama

Get a tissue, my tender kittens.

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Evan Wolfson: Opposition To The Freedom To Marry Is The Dog That Didn’t Bark

“America’s history tells us there will always be pockets of resistance to any civil rights advance. That is why your article about a few state officials proposing license to discriminate measures to limit existing civil rights laws they never liked anyway was not surprising. But despite a handful of apocalyptic pronouncements that marriage will be destroyed, as will America, all ...

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Obama’s Budget Gives Social Security Benefits to Gay Couples Nationwide

Via Talking Points Memo: In his fiscal 2016 budget, released Monday, President Barack Obama proposed allowing married same-sex couples to receive spousal Social Security benefits, regardless of which state they live in. Currently, married same-sex couples lose their benefits it they move to a state that does not recognize their unions. “The budget proposes to amend the Social Security Act ...

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ALABAMA: New Marriage Ad Launches

Freedom To Marry has launched a new marriage equality ad in Alabama: Images of two women and their daughter – at a pizza joint, at church – flash across the screen as one of the women talks about the Alabama’s refusal to consider them married. “Alabama does not recognize our marriage,” she says in a TV ad that begins airing ...

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