Last updated on: 7/2/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Freedom to Marry Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Today’s [Supreme Court] ruling is a transformative triumph decades in the making, a momentous victory for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love. For anyone who ever doubted that we could bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice, today the United States again took a giant step toward the more perfect union we the people aspire to. Today the Liberty Bell rings alongside wedding bells across an ocean of joy.

With the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the justices affirmed what a super-majority of Americans had come to understand: the freedom to marry is a precious, fundamental right that belongs to all, and that same-sex couples and our families share the same dreams and needs as any others.”

Evan Wolfson (Founder and President of Freedom to Marry), “Victory at Last: SCOTUS Rules for the Freedom to Marry Nationwide, Once and for All,” freedomtomarry.org, June 26, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“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. In the past decade, we secured the freedom to marry in 33 states and the District of Columbia (with 2 additional states having the freedom to marry imminently), built a majority of robust and diverse majority of Americans who support marriage for same-sex couples, and created the climate to allow the United States Supreme Court to strike down the central part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.”

“About Freedom to Marry,” freedomtomarry.org (accessed June 23, 2015)

Mission:

“The mission of Freedom to Marry is to end discrimination in marriage nationwide. Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement by bringing the work of gay and non-gay organizations and their many approaches—litigation, legislation, direct action, and public education—into a larger whole, a shared civil rights campaign that fosters heightened outreach to non-gay allies.”

“Annual Report 2010,” freedomtomarry.org (accessed June 23, 2015)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation