In an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, Obama announced his unequivocal support for marriage between committed same-sex couples. That campaign was Freedom to Marry. Wolfson asked Solomon to come to Freedom to Marry as national campaign director, recruiting new staff and shaping programs to fulfill the Freedom to Marry strategy.
Within just a few months, every existing marriage ban was being challenged in litigation. How did gay people go from being an oppressed minority, whose love was denied and scorned, to a group that claimed the freedom to marry and at last won respect, dignity, and equality for their love and for their families?
Bythe freedom to marry had become, without a doubt, a multi-faceted national conversation that invited participation from millions of Americans and action from decision-makers coast to coast. Meanwhile, the now frequently expedited legal process moved along, with three consecutive decisions from federal appellate courts holding that denying marriage to same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
In goals were set for aggressive campaigns in Rhode Island, Maryland, and New York — and after the first two campaigns hit rough patches, victory in New York became a crucial focal point. While Marc Solomon and the MassEquality team focused on protecting the freedom to marry in Massachusetts, national leaders faced significant challenges in mids fighting back against state and federal anti-marriage constitutional amendments while seeking to secure victory in a second state.
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In addition, voters in three states for the first time approved ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage, while those in a fourth voted down a ban. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. From Arkansas to Utah, Virginia to Idaho, thousands of couples won the freedom to marry in Watch the full video!
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Read a deeper dive into the messaging challenges and the outcome of the project, Why Marriage Matters. Standing with them would be the United States government. Take a look at how the marriage movement arrived at the powerful coalition model for winning in the states in synergy with work at the federal level to fulfill the overall national strategy.
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