Advocacy groups launch effort to support state marriage campaigns

Staff Reports

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.

The groups — the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Freedom to Marry, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund — have united to support the four states facing marriage ballot measures on November 6th.

“The campaign will use two programs to harness the growing support for marriage for same-sex couples nationwide into concrete, on-the-ground action before voters decide on the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington,” according to a statement by Dan Rafter, a spokesman for the HRC.

The programs, — “Volunteer Vacation,” in which volunteers commit a week to one of the state campaigns, is recruiting now, and “Drive for Marriage,” to be unveiled later — will place volunteers in states near them for a weekend.

The campaign is seeking volunteers as well as hosts in the four targeted states.

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