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Evan on Nightline Twittercast debating Maggie Gallagher
ABC Nightline
November 10, 2009

Evan Wolfson debates Maggie Gallagher on ABC Nightline

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Evan Wolfson on CNNís Anderson Cooper 360 Discussing Maine
November 4, 2009

Anderson Cooper interviews Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, and Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, about the Maine ballot initiative that took away marriage equality. [Link]


Wolfson and Raab... On Marriage
Out Professionals
One of the true civil-rights leaders of our era, Evan Wolfson in a thought-provoking conversation with NBC News senior newswriter Barbara Raab. Wolfson spoke about our victories, losses - and what the future holds for marriage equality.


Evan Wolfson Talks Marriage Equality
Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson offers important marriage equality talking points. This playlist contains all videos featuring Evan Wolfson on YouTube.


Evan Wolfson Interview
April 9, 2009

Evan Wolfson was interviewed by Scientific Qualative Research and Education, Inc. in March 2009. They asked thirteen questions ranging from his past work to the future of the movement towards the freedom to marry. This is the first question.


Evan Wolfson on Anderson Cooper 360
April 8, 2009

Evan Wolfson addresses the new attack campaign by the so-called "National Organization for Marriage", saying "Everything in these ads is phony, from the scary zombie special effects to the actors reading the lines, to the arguments they're making to try to scare people into thinking that allowing gay people to marry is somehow a threat to everyone else."


Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker
Washington University Law School
November 19, 2008

Topic: Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry
(co-sponsored by OUTLAW and Allies, the SBA Diversity Committee, and the Family Law Society)
57 Minutes 34 Seconds


Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker
Washington University Law School
November 19, 2008

Topic: Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry
(co-sponsored by OUTLAW and Allies, the SBA Diversity Committee, and the Family Law Society)
57 Minutes 34 Seconds


CNN: American Morning - Battle Just Begun
November 17, 2008

11.17.08 06:59 am - Evan Wolfson on the outcry over Prop. 8's passage: "This is not a question of blaming somebody or finding a racial group or an ethnic group or even an age group. It's really about having the conversation that moves people forward. There are fair people to be found everywhere."


CNN: American Morning - Battle Just Begun
November 15, 2008

CNN covers the nationwide Prop. 8 protests and interviews Evan Wolfson and a gay couple affected by the ban's passage. The segment also highlights the role of the Internet in the Prop. 8 debate and in organizing the protests.


MSNBC News Live - Evan Wolfson Marriage Debate
November 12, 2008

11.12.08 04:35 pm - Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg debate Prop. 8 and reasons behind allowing or not allowing gay couples to marry. Wolfson: "Marriage is fundamental right. It's important to gay people as to non-gay people."


CNN Headline News: Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell - Prop. 8 Goes to Court
November 12, 2008

11.11.08 11:23 pm - Jane Velez-Mitchell interviews Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and the anti-gay Liberty Counsel's Mathew Staver on their opposing viewpoints on Prop. 8 and marriage protections for gay couples in Calif.



Marriage Equality: A Forum on Proposition 8
Freedom to Marry
October 24, 2008

Evan Wolfson spoke at a Proposition 8 forum at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, on October 14, 2008. He explained California's important place in history, why marriage matters to the 11,000 couples who have already legally gotten married in California, and how to explain the intangible benefits and responsibilities of marriage to undecided voters. The talk is followed by a Q&A.


Evan Wolfson discusses the landscape for marriage
Freedom to Marry
August 26, 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.


I Can't Marry You
May 27, 2008

I Can't Marry You is a documentary film narrated by Ellen's mom, Betty Degeneres. The premise of the film is that even though California and other states are now allowing gay couples to get married, the bottom line is that none of these marriages have Federal benefits, rights, and protections. This is highlighted in the film by Evan Wolfson, and Jesuit Priest John J McNeill.


Lizz goes one on 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.


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.


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






Public Policy Lecture Series: "Should State Legislatures Approve Same-sex Marriage?"
March 14, 2007
From C-SPAN, Evan Wolfson debates parenting and marriage equality with David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values. Evan draws on the leading experts (American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Law Quarterly) who say ending discrimination in marriage would help families and hurt no one. This debate was held at Pace Law School.
Streaming video from Pace Law School
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Evan's opening remarks on YouTube


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.


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!

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


VIDEO: "Marriage Training Institute" at NGLTF's Creating Change Conference
Non-gay leaders share key lessons learned in their work to engage constituents in the fight for the freedom to marry. Panel held at Freedom to Marry's "Marriage Training Institute" in Oakland, CA, 11/10/05, at the Creating Change Conference, a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Heads or Tails trailer
To Be Released
Some interview clips from the upcoming documentary film, "Heads or Tails," featuring Evan Wolfson




Will and Right: Religion Politics and Gay Marriage — FULL
On February 24th, 2004 President George W. Bush announced his support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. Three days later in response to the President's words and inspired by events in Massachusetts, Village of New Paltz Mayor, Jason West, began solemnizing same-sex marriages in Upstate NY. Will & Right takes a deeper look into those fighting for equality and the effects it has on individuals, family values and the nation.


Evan Wolfson debates Rabbi Levin
May, 2004 (Uploaded February 7, 2008)

Fox News looks to Evan Wolfson to provide a compassionate, factual reaction to the news of Massachussetts marriage decision.




Charlie Rose
March 27, 1996
First, an interview with Christopher Darden, a Los Angeles attorney and one of the prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, about his book, "In Contempt", in which he details the profound impact of the case on his life and career. Then, a panel discussion with Evan Wolfson, an attorney with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Robert George, associate professor of politics at Princeton, Andrew Sullivan of The New Republic, and Bob Knight, director of Cultural Studies at the Family Research Council, on the topic of gay marriage following a state court decision in Hawaii that may force states throughout the union to recognize same-sex marriages.


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