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Evan Wolfson Speeches

Evan Wolfson’s Speech at the National Employment Law Association-New York

National Employment Law Association-New York
November 19, 2009

“The path ahead is clear: we need more of us, gay and non-gay, speaking with others in our circles and beyond about the shared values of family, fairness, and freedom – the values underlying this human rights movement, a movement in which NELA / NY has played a proud part.”

SPEECH: Evan Wolfson Comments on the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall at the CBST Pride Shabbat

Congregation Beth Simchat Torah
June 26, 2009

Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Luncheon
The Association of American Law Schools
January 7, 2009

Section Luncheon: Speaker Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m

PODCAST: Securing the Freedom to Marry: What Next?
Philadelphia Bar Association
September 15, 2008

Evan discussed how our current landscape mirrors Perez v. Sharp, when the California Supreme Court, in a 4-to-3 decision, becomes the first court in U.S. history to strike down race restrictions on marriage. He went on to explain the significance of holding on to marriage equality in California, and how marriage has been the context of many human rights fights through the history of our country.

Evan Wolfson discusses the landscape for marriage in 2008
Freedom to Marry
June 24, 2008

On June 24, 2008 Evan Wolfson was the guest speaker at the New York office of Dickstein Shapiro LLP. He discussed the landscape for marriage in 2008, and explained why the California Supreme Court's carefully-worded decision affirming the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples is one of the most important milestones in gay civil rights history.

PODCAST: Freedom to Marry: The Road Ahead
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Freedom to Marry
July 18, 2007

Equality is not just a gay issue! Marriage discrimination infringes upon the civil rights and freedom of every American, gay and non-gay. Listen to Evan Wolfson discuss the freedom to marry movement in its historical context, and underscore the urgency of galvanizing the hearts and minds of Californians. CA, the first state to strike down racial discrimination in marriage, was also the first to pass a historic marriage equality bill in both houses of its legislature in 2006, before its veto by Gov. Schwarzenegger. The people's representatives in the most populous state continue to do the good work that, up until now, judges have done in other states.



VIDEO: Evan Wolfson at Google
June 21, 2007

Evan Wolfson visited the NYC Google office on May 29, 2007 to discuss his book Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry.



PODCAST: Evan Wolfson addresses Kentucky Fairness Alliance, rebounding after constitutional amendment vote
Kentucky Fairness Alliance
October 10, 2006

Speaking in Lexington, KY, Evan urges the 700+ non-gay and gay attendees not to "let the constitutional amendment be the last word," but rather, lay out a vision for how to move forward and win marriage equality for the thousands of Kentucky same-sex couples and their kids that the "reachable middle" has only begun to get to know.



PODCAST: Why Marriage Matters: The Fight to Win the Freedom to Marry in New York and Nationwide [link?]
September 20, 2006

Evan Wolfson's September 20, 2006 lecture at the Yale Club of New York, sponsored by Yale GALA: Yale's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alumni Network. Evan analyzes the NY high court ruling refusing to end the exclusion from marriage and the movement forward in New York, and does Q&A.



SPEECH: Winning Marriage Equality: The Road Ahead
Freedom to Marry
January 26, 2006

Wolfson delivers the Cal Anderson Memorial Lecture at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and calls for all of us to engage neighbors and fellow citizens in the personal and informational conversations they deserve — and trust that from that engagement will come marriage. | Download pdf | Listen to the speech.



KEYNOTE SPEECH: Evan Wolfson at the Legal Marriage Alliance
Freedom to Marry
October 16, 2005

Wolfson says, "The best way to end discrimination in marriage is through marriage." Marriage is a statement and symbol of commitment and love. To be denied that statement is unequal and unfair. Wolfson discusses the upcoming court decision due before the end of the year from the Washington Supreme Court which would make WA the second state in the country to legalize marriage.



LECTURE: Evan Wolfson at Marquette University Law School
Freedom to Marry
September 20, 2005

Evan Wolfson talks to the next generation of lawyers at MULS in Milwaukee, Wisconsin regarding the importance of the freedom to marry and how they can make their voices heard to encourage the non-gay people in their lives to embrace fairness and equality. Evan also addressed the dangers of the proposed anti-gay state constitutional amendment aimed at denying all family protections to gay couples and their kids in Wisconsin, and answered questions from students and faculty.



SPEECH: Evan Wolfson addresses editorial writers at national conference
Our Media/Freedom to Marry
September 17, 2005

Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson addresses editorial writers in Portland, Oregon at the 2005 Annual National Convention luncheon. He discusses the importance of ending discrimination in the ongoing conversation of marriage equality, answering key questions from the writers on why marriage matters.



SPEECH: Love and Doing Something About It: A Tribute to Mary Dunlap
Freedom to Marry
March 18, 2005

Throughout her career as a leading civil right attorney and professor, Mary Dunlap fought for LGBT persons, women, people of color, immigrants. and the disabled. Evan Wolfson pays tribute to the valued advocate, who passed away in January of 2003.



SPEECH: Praying with Our Feet
Freedom to Marry
March 10, 2005

In accepting an honor from Kolot Chayeinu, an engaged, progressive, Jewish congregation in Brooklyn at their annual gala celebration, Praying With Our Feet, Dancing With Our Souls, Evan Wolfson galvanized the audience with a call to action.



SPEECH: The scary work of winning
Freedom to Marry
October 4, 2004

Wolfson gives the Lavender Law keynote address in Minneapolis, addressing the nation's LGBT lawyers and allies, and lays out the vision of how we are winning, with strategic lessons on how to cope with defeats and, where necessary, "lose forward" to victory. Download the pdf publication of The Scary Work of Winning.




TRANSCRIPT: Chicago discussion on marriage equality
Chicago Bar Assn., Illinois Bar Assn. ACS, Jenner & Block
January 26, 2004

Where we stand in the stream of civil rights history of the marriage movement, sponsored by Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, American Constitution Society, and Jenner & Block.



SPEECH: Annual Commencement Dinner Address
Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus
June 5, 2003

Five months before November's historic marriage ruling in Massachusetts, Evan Wolfson predicted that gay people are "within reach of winning the freedom to marry."


Where Can Gay Couples Get Married?







Support the Respect for Marriage Act to Repeal DOMA

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

Learn More About ‘Our Families Count’

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)