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Your campaign donations go to the non-profit, Freedom to Marry. Your donations will help Freedom to Marry advance their "Roadmap to Victory" - a detailed plan to win marriage equality in every U.S. state. To read the whole plan, click here.
Let's "Unite" the States. Did you know:
• Only 30% of the U.S. population lives in a state that either has the freedom to marry or honors out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
• Only 41% of the U.S. population lives in a state with either marriage or a broad legal status such as civil union or domestic partnership.
• 43% of the U.S. population lives in a state that provides some form of protections for gay couples. To see more, click here.
Help us bring marriage equality to states like:
• Florida with over 48,400 same-sex couples.
• Texas with over 46,000 same-sex couples.
• Pennsylvania with over 22,300 same-sex couples.
• Ohio with over 19,600 same-sex couples.
• Arizona with over 15,800 same-sex couples.
• Oregon with over 11,700 same-sex couples.
Freedom to Marry is a non-profit organization to win marriage nationwide. Freedom to Marry is pursuing its Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end marriage discrimination. Freedom to Marry partners with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.
Freedom to Marry was launched in 2003 by Evan Wolfson, the civil rights attorney generally considered the architect of the national marriage equality movement. From a prophetic vision once shared by only a few, the marriage movement has rapidly gained traction with the American public, and in the past decade, Freedom to Marry has secured the freedom to marry in thirteen states and the District of Columbia. But many challenges remain and that is where Freedom to Marry will focus.
Freedom to Marry led the campaign to overturn DOMA and is working across the country to win marriage in more states and educate the public about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families.
Exclusive Interview with Evan Wolfson, Founder of Freedom to Marry
Q. Why do we need to keep fighting for the freedom to marry?
A. Despite the Supreme Court ruling that strikes down a central part of the Defense of Marriage Act, some federal programs are now based on where couples live — not where they were married. Until the Obama administration and Congress do their parts to implement the court’s ruling, applying the time-honored “place of celebration” standard that respects lawful marriages by states like New York, the United States will remain a patchwork — and marriages will sputter in and out like cellphone service.
And, of course, though the Supreme Court’s other marriage decision restored the freedom to marry to couples in California — along with the 12 other states that we’ve won — 37 states still refuse to issue marriage licenses to loving and committed same-sex couples.
Q. Tell us about what Freedom to Marry does and will be doing to advance the rights of same-sex couples.
A. At the federal level, we’ll keep building support in Congress to pass the Respect for Marriage Act — getting DOMA off the books entirely and ending the piecemeal approach to respecting marriages.
With California back, we’ll channel the momentum for marriage into winning the next round of states — from New Jersey to New Mexico, from Oregon to Ohio. We’ll finish the job in states like Hawaii and Illinois, even as we push to grow support in all 50 states.
Freedom to Marry’s aim is to see a majority of Americans in marriage states by 2016 — working in state legislatures, in the courts and at the ballot — with our eyes set on a return to the Supreme Court with more states, more support and more receptive justices.
Through it all, we will continue to create the climate that empowers decision-makers to do the right thing, making the case by sharing our experiences — which will continue to change hearts and minds.
We have built a nationwide majority for marriage and Freedom to Marry now aims to get that support to 60 percent within three years, promoting conversations about why marriage matters with Americans of all races, religious beliefs and political persuasions.
Q. Tell us what the recent Supreme Court decisions mean to you.
A. Nearly two years after we were pronounced married by New York state in front of our family and friends, my husband and I are finally married in the eyes of the federal government
Okay, it took an order from the Supreme Court. But Cheng and I are celebrating anyway.
Like so many other same-sex couples wed under the shadow of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, we had been treated as second-class citizens — forced to pay extra to file our taxes and get spousal health coverage. We were denied access to federal programs such as Social Security or immigration green cards — among the many federal protections automatically afforded other married couples who are not gay.
Cheng and I can now take family leave to care for each other without fear of losing our jobs. Now my husband and I, here in New York, can look forward to the federal government finally treating us as what we are — married.
Q. What are your hopes for this crowd-funding campaign?
A. Our path to victory is clear. And our nation is already on it. The same winning strategy that has brought such transformation and triumph — nearly a third of Americans now live in freedom-to-marry states, up from zero a decade ago — can now spread that freedom nationwide.
We have the momentum, we have the truth, we have the support of the American people, and we have the winning strategy. We just need to keep at it, and with your help through this new and innovative partnership we can build the resources we need to win.
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Regardless of whether or not you personally want to get married, the availability of legal marriage is a giant step toward full equality for LGBT individuals and families.
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