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Why Marriage Matters to Progressives

"Major questions of civic equity and social prestige are on the line; this is much more than a flight from the creative anarchy of queer life. What gays are fighting for is the option to marry, not the obligation to do so—and choice, as all progressives should know, is the essence of freedom."

— Richard Goldstein, "The Radical Case for Gay Marriage: Why progressives must join this fight" Village Voice; September 2003

Use the key resources below to learn more about why marriage matters to Progressives.

 


 

FROM EVAN WOLFSON:

Why the Dems should NOT shut up about gays and marriage
The New Republic
August 18, 2007

Evan Wolfson responds to August 16, 2007's piece in The New Republic, explaining that, "As public support for marriage equality continues to evolve, Democrats, thus already perceived as the party of 'gay marriage,' have a winning issue on their hands, one that evokes the best traditions of their party—fairness and inclusion. The conversation will not stop. Candidates who want to move on to other questions ought to get the freedom to marry question right—for their sake as well as the country's."

This week's gay debate: A prime-time opportunity for straight talk on marriage
The Huffington Post
August 8, 2007

As we all prepare for tonight's historic Democratic Presidential Debate, sponsored by our partners at HRC & LOGO, check out the key points Evan Wolfson laid out in the Featured Post on the Huffington Post blog. It discusses how candidates should answer the marriage questions at the forum, and beyond. The piece contains links to several resources to help the candidates do better — not just because it's in our interest that they get it right, but because it's in theirs, too.

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

Evan Wolfson's seminal document outlining the marriage equality movement in the context of our nation's ongoing evolution toward equality. Download the pdf publication of The Scary Work of Winning.

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WHERE YOU CAN GO TO GET INVOLVED OR LEARN MORE:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Founded: 1920
The ACLU, a partner organization of Freedom to Marry, works daily in courts, legislatures and communities throughout the country to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. See the ACLU's Get Busy/Get Equal Campaign.

National Organization for Women (NOW): Equal Marriage Now
Founded: 1966
NOW is the largest organization of feminist women and men in the United States, striving to eliminate discrimination and harassment against women in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society. NOW is a partner organization of Freedom to Marry and actively takes part in the fight to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

Stonewall Democrats
Find your local Stonewall Democrats chapter, get involved, and learn more about the 2008 election as it approaches. Stonewall Democrats is also a partner organization of Freedom to Marry.

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PUBLICATIONS:

Equal Marriage NOW Fliers and Factsheets
The National Organization for Women offers multiple publications on why equal marriage is a feminist issue, a justice issue, a civil rights issue, and so much more.

TRANSCRIPT: Democratic Presidential Candidates Participate in Forum on LOGO Sponsored by Human Rights Campaign
August 9, 2007

Human Rights Campaign Report Card: Where the Democratic Presidential Candidates Stand
June 1, 2007
Learn about the stances Democratic Presidential Candidates have on marriage and gay rights.

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NEWS:

Read about how progressives are joining the fight for the freedom to marry.

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MULTIMEDIA:

VIDEO: 'Let California Ring' campaign
CNN
October 9, 2007

CNN's Mary Snow reports on Equality California's 'Let California Ring' campaign for Situation Room. The TV ad campaign uses an amusing wedding scenario to explain why marriage matters to people who may still be undecided on where they stand on the freedom to marry.

VIDEO: HUMOR: Gay people getting married destroys heterosexual marriages
YouTube
July 22, 2007

Singer Oded Gross laments in this video the end of his marriage. He has an idea of why his relationship has come to an end...

VIDEO: Edwards on the Leno couch: Wife's support for marriage equality was a surprise to him
YouTube
June 26, 2007

CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer looks to Evan Wolfson to give the Edwards' disagreement 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.

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Why the Dems should NOT shut up about gays and marriage
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Founded: 1920
The ACLU, a partner organization of Freedom to Marry, works daily in courts, legislatures and communities throughout the country to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. See the ACLU's Get Busy/Get Equal Campaign.

National Organization for Women (NOW): Equal Marriage Now

Founded: 1966
NOW is the largest organization of feminist women and men in the United States, striving to eliminate discrimination and harassment against women in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society. NOW is a partner organization of Freedom to Marry and actively takes part in the fight to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

VIDEO: 'Let California Ring' campaign

CNN
October 9, 2007

CNN's Mary Snow reports on Equality California's 'Let California Ring' campaign for Situation Room. The TV ad campaign uses an amusing wedding scenario to explain why marriage matters to people who may still be undecided on where they stand on the freedom to marry.