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Evan Wolfson Interviews

AUDIO: A Frightening Proposition? (Part One)
KLCC Eugene Oregon NPR
November 4, 2009

KLCC's Jes Burns sat down this afternoon with “Freedom to Marry” executive director Evan Wolfson and Basic Rights Oregon's Jeana Frazzini to talk about the current state of the marriage equality movement - and a new campaign launched this week in Oregon.

PODCAST: Evan Wolfson on Gay People's Right to Marry
michellehaimoff's Podcast
February 10, 2009

Evan Wolfson speaks with Michelle Haimoff about the problem with the term "gay marriage," the legal battles ahead for gay Americans, and the most effective thing the gay community can do to achieve equality.

PODCAST: Evan Wolfson on Gay People's Right to Marry
michellehaimoff's Podcast
February 10, 2009

Evan Wolfson speaks with Michelle Haimoff about the problem with the term "gay marriage," the legal battles ahead for gay Americans, and the most effective thing the gay community can do to achieve equality.

AUDIO: A Frightening Proposition? (Part One)
95bFM: Auckland, NZ
November 24, 2008

Evan Wolfson, US attorney and advocate and founder of Freedom To Marry, guests on The Monday Wire with Joe Nunweek's independent news and interview program. He talks to Joe about the path to Proposition 8's passage, and how it will be fought.

AUDIO: A Frightening Proposition? (Part Two)
95bFM: Auckland, NZ
November 24, 2008

Part Two of Bfm's interview with Evan Wolfson.

AUDIO: Evan Wolfson on The Michelangelo Signorile Show
The Michelangelo Signorile Show
November 6, 2008

Evan Wolfson joined Michelangelo Signorile on November 6, 2008 to discuss Prop 8 in California, why it's important to engage our friends and family, and where we go from here.

PRINT: Evan Wolfson, I have five questions for you
September 7, 2008

Q. What is one thing you think every American should know?
A. How fragile values we treasure as Americans are — personal freedom, the separation of church and state that assures religious as well as personal freedom, constitutional checks and balances. These things can be lost, and it is reckless to play with fire near them, as some in our country do.

AUDIO: Evan Wolfson on Freedom to Marry Week
Coach Sappho’s Live Podcast
February 13, 2008

Wolfson discusses how Freedom to Marry Week is meant to prompt conversations about the inequality and exclusion that exists across our country, conversations we need to have every day of the week, every week of the year, until we end marriage discrimination.  He notes there are a record number of actions and events taking place across the country with great press coverage and blog commentary.  Wolfson also discusses the history of the marriage movement and the drive this year for the next state to win the freedom to marry.

VIDEO: Lizz goes one one one with Evan Wolfson
Shoot the Messenger
February 11, 2008

Evan Wolfson breaks it down for the good folks at Shoot The Messenger. Shoot The Messenger is a satirical wrap-up of the week's news from the brain of Daily Show Co-creator Lizz Winstead. A live sketch-comedy show incorporating multi-media elements, it gives us the world as seen through the filters of the fictional producers and on-air talent at Wake-up World - America's first and only 6 hour Morning Show which is coincidentaly on 24/7 America's first and only infonewsment network.

AUDIO: Marriage for all with Evan Wolfson and Freedom to Marry Pt2
A Closer Look
November 7, 2007

On part two of Evan Wolfson's conversation on A Closer Look with Minister Gerald Palmer, callers continue to express religious opposition to gay people and marriage equality. Minister Palmer reminds the listeners that religious teaching benefits, and is not harmed, by honest discussion about tough issues. Wolfson explains that many religious leaders are voices of equality for the freedom to marry.

AUDIO: Marriage for all with Evan Wolfson and Freedom to Marry Pt1
A Closer Look
November 7, 2007

Evan Wolfson explains on A Closer Look with Minister Gerald Palmer that civil marriage is a legal institution, and the government has a legal obligation not to exclude or discriminate against one group of Americans. Listeners called in to express confusion about the difference between religious ceremonies and legal marriage licenses. Wolfson reminds listeners that it's very important as Americans that people respect other people's religions, and nobody is trying to force religions to do anything they don't want to do. Conversely, our government should not impose any one religious view on the rest of us, and religion should never be used as an excuse to deny American citizens equal rights.Fair-minded people do not want the government discriminating against other citizens, or imposing one religion's rules on everyone else.

PRINT: Evan Wolfson on the modern marriage movement
Men's News Daily
September 30, 2007

David Shankbone sits down with Evan Wolfson to discuss some of the recent decisions affecting the freedom to marry, gender in marriage, and reactions in the gay community to his fight for their rights. When asked "Why marriage?", Wolfson responds, "Marriage is a vocabulary, it's a vehicle, an engine for a larger discussion that moves people's understanding of who gay people are, why sex discrimination is wrong, why exclusion is wrong in America, that brings up discussion the separation of church and state, that brings up discussion of whether there should be limitations or roles based on sex, or whether men and women should be treated equally. Whether two women should be considered whole when they form a committed and loving relationship, as opposed to saying they are unwhole and unequal because they don't have a man in their life."

AUDIO: Interview with Evan Wolfson from Freedom to Marry
A Shanty No Lemon
September 15, 2007

A Shanty No Lemon's Anthony Anselmo interviews Evan Wolfson about the importance of telling our stories and explaining why marriage matters to each of us. By talking about values and making it personal and emotional, you can touch people's hearts as well as their minds — and we all need to do that now to create space for politicians, candidates, and judges to rise to fairness.

PRINT: Marriage equality and the Presidential election
Huffington Post
August 17, 2007

David Mixner interviews Evan Wolfson on how to answer questions regarding why candidates should stand for, and be pressed on, the freedom to marry. Says Wolfson, "This election will not be decided on gays or marriage (and nor was the election of 2004). But how candidates deal with important questions such as equality, protections for all, standing up to discrimination, and the values of marriage (love, commitment, fairness, freedom) can be symptomatic of how they address dispositive questions and win over or alienate voters... They all have a chance to get this right -- and we all have the chance now to help them."

AUDIO: Evan Wolfson discusses how marriage is important to the civil rights struggle for gay people nationwide
John Selig Outspoken
July 31, 2007

Evan Wolfson joined John Selig on OutSpoken Tuesday, July 31, 2007. He discussed what drives him in the fight for marriage equality, how it felt to be named one of Time's 100 most influential people, why the word "marriage matters," and how exclusion from the freedom to marry unfairly punishes committed same-sex couples and their families by depriving them of critical assistance, security, and obligations in virtually every area of life from the birth of children to death. (1hr 2min)

CNNVIDEO: Evan Wolfson on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
June 26, 2007
CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer looks to Evan Wolfson to give John and Elizabeth Edwards' disagreement on giving gay and lesbian couples the legal protections and responsibilities of marriage some context — and included footage of the couple's couch chat with Leno. Thanks in part to Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, national attention on where the presidential candidates stand on marriage isn't going away anytime soon.

AUDIO: Evan Wolfson discusses Loving v. Virginia on TalkBack! with Hugh Hamilton
June 4, 2007

June 12th marks the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark Supreme Court decision that advanced racial equality and the freedom to marry in America. Evan Wolfson discusses this landmark case and the celebration to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision spearheaded by a coalition of organizations including Freedom to Marry.

AUDIO: Evan Wolfson on Wisconsin Public Radio
Wisconsin Public Radio
April 11, 2007

Evan Wolfson joins Peter Donalds to discuss ongoing state cases involving marriage equality, and how the issue is playing out in the 2008 presidential campaign.

CNNVIDEO: Evan Wolfson on CNN Situation Room
March 14, 2007

Evan Wolfson responds to Senator Clinton's statement on the morality of same-sex relations, that she would "leave that to others to conclude," following General Pace's discriminatory statement on the issue. Mr. Wolfson expresses hope that Senator Clinton would make her stance clear.

PRINT: Married to the cause, one state at a time
The New York Times
February 16, 2007

"One state down, 49 to go," Mr. Wolfson says of Freedom to Marry's success rate. "Gay marriage is not what we're looking for. We're looking for the legal right for gays to marry. You don't ask for half a loaf. We don't need two lines at the clerk's office when theres already an institution that works in this country, and it's called marriage. One of the main protections that come with marriage is inherent in the word: certainly in times of crisis any other word than marriage would not bring the same clarity or impart the same dignity."

MSNBCVIDEO: Marriage? Babies Required!
February 8, 2007

Evan Wolfson debates Charmaine Yoest MSNBC News Live regarding the merits of Washington State's Initiative 957 which would require couples who have not procreated after 3 years of marriage to lose their license. The initiative is a clear attempt to challenge the Washington State Supreme Court's mandate that same sex couples exclusion from marriage is warranted by the need for non-gay couples to and their kids to have their reproduction privileged by the state. What about gay couples and their kids? No protections for them? Evan Wolfson lays bare the claims of the anti-gay Family Research Council in mere seconds!

PRINT: Evan Wolfson brings message to Seattle, to speak at ERW fundraiser
Seattle Gay News
August 18, 2006

We are not asking for too much. We are asking for what we deserve and the more we make the case the more people are coming to understand that. The set backs are a predictable and inescapable feature of struggle. ... It's just unrealistic to think that we can ask America to change the way it has imposed second class citizenship on Gay people and their loved ones without having defeat as well as victories. Unfortunately, we have to live through both but — if we battle through both — we will bring ourselves to a full triumph.

PRINT: Evan Wolfson speak on Vermont's role in the movement towards the freedom to marry
Out in the Mountains
June 12, 2006

"Wolfson took a few minutes to speak with [Out in the Mountains] about his work and the crucial role Vermont is poised once again to play in leading marriage equality forward on the national stage."

AUDIO: NPR's Weekend Edition featuring interview with Evan Wolfson
June 10, 2006

States Take Variety of Stances on Marriage Equality — NPR's Weekend Edition on Saturday, June 10, 2006 features commentary by Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson.

Evan WolfsonVIDEO: Evan Wolfson on Richard French Live
June 2006
Evan Wolfson interview clip from Richard French Live

PRINT: The battle to say "I Do"
Mother Jones
October 10, 2005

Beckel interviews Evan Wolfson who has been in "the trenches of gay rights advocacy, leading the charge to end the exclusion of gay couples from marriage" for over 20 years. They discuss his book, Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry and the continuing momentum of the marriage equality movement.


AUDIO: Evan Wolfson discusses why marriage matters to Ilinois
October 7, 2005

Wolfson joins Focus 580 AM Radio in Champaign-Urbana, IL to discuss the importance of marriage equality. He takes questions from various callers in Illinois, both supporters and opponents of equality, as well as those undecided about where they stand in the marriage conversation.

AUDIO: Pros and cons of marriage equality
Wisconsin Public Radio
September 19, 2005

Evan Wolfson discusses the arguments on why moving toward fairness and equality is important and helps families, hurts no one. He explains that same-sex couples just want the same basic legal rights, enjoyed by non-gay married couples, but denied to gays and lesbians by the limited definiton of marriage. Glenn Stanton follows with his arguments against ending discrimination. Both answer key questions the people have in regards to the marriage debate. Wolfson and Stanton will be in Madison (Wed., 9/21) to participate in a public debate on marriage equality at the Wisconsin Union Theater.

PRINT: A 20/20 vision for marriage equality in Wisconsin
September 15, 2005

Quest interviews Evan Wolfson, discussing why marriage matters and the fight for marriage equality — its beginning, history, recent triumphs, and the future challenges/obtacles ahead. Wolfson talks about what we must do now in order to move forward and follow the lead of recent countries (Spain, Canada) who have joined Belgium and the Netherlands in legalizing marriage. He also talks about the shift in public opinion and how time is on the side of fairness and equality.


AUDIO: Evan Wolfson discusses ending discrimination for the sake of our children
The Gay Parenting Podcast Network
August 15, 2005

Listen to an interview of Evan Wolfson on The Gay Parenting Show as he discusses the importance of raising our children in a country where their own parents aren't discriminated against.

PRINT: Author Evan Wolfson brings a lawyer's clarity to the discussion of same-sex marriage "rights" and "rites"
August 15, 2005

BuzzFlash interviews Evan Wolfson, author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry and head of Freedom to Marry. A review in the Oregonian said it best: "Armed with Wolfson's arguments, you could sell anyone with an IQ over room temperature on the wisdom and humanity of marriage equality."

AUDIO: Evan Wolfson on his book Why Marriage Matters
June 30, 2005

Evan Wolfson discusses his book, Why Marriage Matters on KKIQ radio and why it is such an important resource in understanding the freedom to marry, and discussing this issue with you family and friends.


AUDIO: Evan Wolfson on the Al Franken Show
Air America
June 30, 2005

Al Franken interviews Evan Wolfson, author of Why Marriage Matters and the importance of ending the discrimination of same-sex couples from marriage.

AUDIO: Evan Wolfson explains "Why Marriage Matters" (9:03)
Planet Out
August 19, 2004

Wolfson talks about marriage history and discrimination, religion objections, and how opponents avoid thoughtful discussion by changing the subject. To say that marriage equality means some people would want to 'marry their dog' is just a diversion.

ONLINE CHAT TRANSCRIPT: Evan Wolfson on marriage equality and politics
July 14, 2004

Read the transcript of the online chat with Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, and author of the new book, Why Marriage Matters.


PRINT: The Marriage Man: 'Gay marriage' and the next steps from Evan Wolfson
May 20, 2004

Ultimately, marriage is "part of standing up for a vision of human rights that says... everyone has a right to be both equal and different, and no one has to give up her or his difference in order to be treated equally."

ONLINE CHAT TRANSCRIPT: EVAN WOLFSON responds to the public's questions
February 5, 2004

In the wake of the Massachusetts high court's follow-up opinion on marriage equality, Wolfson answers questions about civil rights history, judicial independence, opinon polls, fairness, and much more...


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Support the Respect for Marriage Act by contacting your legislative leaders and friends.(Link)

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Make sure LGBT families and people are accurately counted in the 2010 census.(Link)

A Decade of Progress on LGBT Rights

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)

Freedom to Marry Week 2010

Learn more about the 13th annual Freedom to Marry Week, February 8-14, 2010. (Link)