Freedom to Marry Steering Committee
Brondi Borer | New York
Since 1997, Brondi Borer has served as an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College where she has taught Family Law and Public Speaking in the Critical Thinking Department. She is a trustee of The Point Foundation and serves as co-chair of the Founders Council of UCLA Law School's Williams Institute. Brondi also serves on the Family Law Advisory Board for Cardozo Law School. Brondi is married to Dr. Jeffrey Borer. They have two children, Justine and Jon.
Jennifer Gerarda Brown | Connecticut
Jennifer Gerarda Brown is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center on Dispute Resolution at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and the Charles Mechem Senior Research Scholar and Director of ADR Programs at Yale Law School. She is co-author of "Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights" (with Ian Ayres).
John Buehrens | Massachusetts
Rev. John Buehrens has been a leading religious spokesperson for sexual justice and civil rights. He served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993-2001. John was a co-author of the "Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing," a speaker at the Millennium March for Equality, and a co-founder of Progressive Religious Partners. He currently serves as Minister of the First Parish in Needham, MA. John has been married since 1972 to the Rev. Gwen Langdoc Buehrens, a priest in the Episcopal Church.
Ignacio Castuera | California
Rev. Dr. Castuera currently serves at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA and also as the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Beyond his professional duties, Ignacio is the proud father of three daughters and one son, ranging in age from 11 to 32, and loves to read, sing, and play tennis.
Barb Cox | California
Barbara Cox began teaching at California Western School of Law in 1987, after four years with a joint appointment in the Law School and the Women's Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at California Western from July 1997 through December 2001.
Tahlib Disney-Britton | Indiana
Tahlib Disney-Britton most recently was the Program Director of the Voices of Equality Program for Freedom to Marry. In that capacity he helped win the endorsement of the freedom to marry by the US Conference of Mayors and helped create the first ever workshop on marriage equality at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Helio Fred Garcia | New York
Fred Garcia has 28 years of experience counseling securities firms, banks, insurance companies, specialized financial and professional service firms, corporations, not-for-profits, and governments. He has particular expertise in crisis management, corporate litigation support, struggles for corporate control, international financial transactions, securities offerings, corporate governance, and business ethics.
Leslye M. Huff | Ohio
Leslye M. Huff practices labor and employment law in general practice in Beachwood, Ohio, and was formerly an Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland.
Jordan Roth | New York
Jordan Roth is Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. He was most recently involved in developing A Catered Affair, the new musical by Harvey Fierstein. Jordan also produced the Tony nominated, Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show, The Donkey Show, which ran for six years off-Broadway with several international productions, and The Karaoke Show. He serves on the boards of GMHC, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the Horace Mann School, of which he is an alumnus.
Cherry Spencer-Stark | Georgia
Cherry Spencer-Stark is a grandma, nurse, and long-time political activist. Currently president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Cherry has also served as founding co-chair of Georgia Equality (the political and advocacy voice of Georgia's LGBT citizens and their allies), treasurer of the Georgia Nurses Association, board member at AIDS Treatment Initiatives, and one of the first women members of the Marietta Rotary Club.
Tim Sweeney | California
Tim Sweeney has been a leader in lesbian and gay, HIV and healthcare reform activism for more than twenty-five years. He currently serves as the President of the Gill Foundation in Denver. Tim's work there focuses on funding programs in the gay and lesbian community, including major support for organizations implementing a California law that safeguards the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.
Sam Thoron | California
Sam Thoron has been actively involved in PFLAG, Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays, since 1990, recently serving as National Board Chair. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Marriage Equality USA. Sam and his wife Julia have been married for over 45 years, live in San Francisco where they raised their two sons and daughter, and are now the proud grandparents of five.
Support the Respect for Marriage Act by contacting your legislative leaders and friends.(Link)
Make sure LGBT families and people are accurately counted in the 2010 census.(Link)
A new report shows the past 10 years have been a period of dramatic gains in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in America, including sharp increases in the number of LGBT Americans protected by family recognition legislation at the state level. (Link)
Learn more about the 13th annual Freedom to Marry Week, February 8-14, 2010. (Link)