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Simpson: Time to ‘live and let live’ and allow gay couples the freedom to marry

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, a Republican, says it’s time to “live and let live” and allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]

Ohio advocacy groups split on support for marriage equality amendment

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As it works to educate Ohioans on the need for marriage equality, a coalition of state and national advocacy groups says it opposes another organization’s effort to win Ohioans marriage equality at the ballot box this fall. [ Read more → ]

Groups organizing ballot push to repeal Nevada same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS — Several groups are organizing a push to get the Legislature in 2015 and voters in 2016 to change the Nevada constitution to allow same-sex marriages, while a federal court prepares to hear a legal challenge against the state's constitutional ban. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

Delicate path for marriage equality in red states: Court wins alone won’t be enough

Monday, January 20, 2014
Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won't be enough. [ Read more → ]
Michael Premo

Head of N.J. marriage equality campaign leading new push to repeal Ohio ban

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The last blog post on the website for New Jersey United for Marriage is dated Oct. 21, the day gay and lesbian couples began getting marriage licenses across the state. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy groups team up to make gay marriage in N.J. a priority

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Several national groups that support recognizing same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying that the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed. [ Read more → ]
Minnesota Public RadioRichard Carlbom

Operative who led Minn. gay marriage campaign joins national advocacy group

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The man who led the successful effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has taken a prominent job with an advocacy group pushing to make it legal in more U.S. states. [ Read more → ]
Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson: ‘Gay people are not going to use up all the marriage licenses’

Sunday, March 24, 2013
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments this week in two historic same-sex marriage cases -- one challenging California's ban on gay marriage, and the other challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- supporters and opponents of marriage equality are stepping up their cases in the court of public opinion. [ Read more → ]

Report: Lawmakers who support marriage equality overwhelmingly win re-election

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
WASHINGTON – A new report released Tuesday by Freedom to Marry and Third Way, found that state legislators who vote in favor of marriage for same-sex couples overwhelmingly win voter support when running for reelection. [ Read more → ]

‘Respect for Marriage’ campaign focuses on bipartisan support for gay marriage

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Respect for Marriage Coalition on Wednesday launched a national advertising campaign featuring prominent bipartisan leaders – including President Barack Obama, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, Former First Lady Laura Bush, and Former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell – speaking out in support of marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. [ Read more → ]

Poll finds growing bipartisan support among voters for marriage equality

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The first national, public opinion poll of 2013 on marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, released Tuesday by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, found that a growing bipartisan majority of registered voters support marriage rights. [ Read more → ]

‘Freedom to Marry’ to invest $2 million in state marriage efforts this year

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Freedom to Marry, a national marriage equality advocacy organization, announced Thursday it plans to raise and invest $2 million through its "Win More States Fund," aimed at passing marriage bills in several states across the country. [ Read more → ]
Mayors for the Freedom to MarryPhoto by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Nearly 300 U.S. mayors join campaign to advocate for marriage equality

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Mayors from across the country on Friday attended a reception during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual D.C. meeting to commemorate the first anniversary of a campaign that features city executives who support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Philadelphia Mayor... [ Read more → ]
Evan Wolfson

Freedom to Marry changes course, launches Maryland marriage PAC

Friday, September 21, 2012
The Washington Blade has learned that Freedom to Marry has formed a political action committee that will allow it to raise money to defend Maryland’s same-sex marriage law, a change of course from earlier this year when the organization declined to join the coalition of groups defending the law. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups launch effort to support state marriage campaigns

Thursday, September 6, 2012
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations on Thursday launched the "United for Marriage" campaign, a national effort to recruit volunteers for the state marriage campaigns. [ Read more → ]

Democratic platform committee hears marriage equality testimony

Saturday, July 28, 2012
The fight to include a marriage equality plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform is heating up as one LGBT advocate drew on support from Democratic governors and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in testimony urging platform committee members to adopt such language. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Advocacy groups decry study that suggests negative outcomes for kids of gay parents

Monday, June 11, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Leading LGBT advocacy organizations on Monday widely criticized a study released by right-wing conservative author Mark Regnerus of the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, that made several claims of negative outcomes for children raised by gay and lesbian parents. [ Read more → ]

Proposed amendment seeks to undo Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposed amendment to undo Ohio’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban was submitted Thursday to the state Attorney General. The amendment would change the state's Constitution to read that the definition of marriage would be “a union of two consenting adults, regardless of gender.” [ Read more → ]
Chris Christie

New Jersey governor vetoes marriage equality bill, as expected

Friday, February 17, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie on Friday afternoon vetoed a bill approved by the state legislature that would legalize same-sex marriage -- just six hours after it reached his desk. [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry vs. NOM on who should decide who gets married

Monday, February 6, 2012
Jeremy Hooper at Good As You calls our attention to Sunday's televised "debate" on same-sex marriage between Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson and National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown. [ Read more → ]

Broad coalition launched to repeal federal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Friday, February 3, 2012
WASHINGTON – A broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, labor, progressive, faith, student, health, legal, women’s, and LGBT organizations on Thursday announced support of the Respect for Marriage Act-- the bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that withholds federal... [ Read more → ]

More than 80 U.S. mayors pledge support for marriage equality (Video)

Friday, January 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- "Freedom to Marry," a New York-based marriage equality advocacy organization, on Friday announced a bipartisan coalition of more than 80 mayors from across the U.S. who have publicly stated their support for marriage equality for LGBT citizens, and their intention to work toward that goal. [ Read more → ]

2011: An ‘epic year of transformation’ for marriage equality in the U.S.

Saturday, December 31, 2011
One leading advocate called 2011 an “epic” year for marriage equality. Was it? While only one state -- New York -- enacted full marriage rights for same-sex couples, it was the most populous state to do so. Five other states also moved closer to marriage equality than ever before. Public opinion shifted dramatically towards supporting equality. And the Obama administration announced that it no longer considers a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act constitutional. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy group will not lead ballot effort to overturn Proposition 8

Thursday, October 6, 2011
California’s largest gay rights advocacy group on Wednesday announced it would not lead a ballot campaign to undo Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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