Freedom To Marry

The gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide

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VIDEO: Prop 8 -- The Musical


The Daily Show: "The Gay After "



By Mikhaela B. Reid * Angry Cartoonist reproduced with permission



Editorial cartoon copyright Dylan Edwards (Studio NDR), and reproduced with permission.



Top 10 reasons why gay and lesbian couples should not be allowed to marry

  1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
  2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
  3. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
  4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
  5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
  6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
  7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
  8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
  9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
  10. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

(It seems silly but these arguments, before the humorous common sense additions, are real reasons why some people opposed marriage equality.)


Miss Manners: Go ahead, bore them
The Washington Post
January 23, 2008

When a reader writes to say he's dreading the questions from friends and family about the legality of his impending wedding, Miss Manners responds: " Precedent here is that most people love to talk about their wedding plans and take the slightest show of interest as license to go on and on until others are weak with boredom. There is no reason that you cannot achieve this effect."



Marriage in IA and the pending apocalypse
Iowa Independent
September 6, 2007

"Upon hearing news of Polk County Judge Robert Hanson's ruling smiting Iowa's prohibition on same-sex marriage, I grabbed my well-thumbed copy of James Dobson's 'Marriage Under Fire,' hopped in my Sin City getaway car, and fled Des Moines before God had a chance to destroy the capital city with fire and brimstone. I had to reach moral high ground before it was too late. While crossing the county line, I was tempted to look back and steal one final glimpse of the capital city aflame."



VIDEO: Gay people getting married destroys heterosexual marriages
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...



BLOG: Defenders of marriage?
Good As You
April 17, 2007

Good As You shares a humorous video of Roy Zimmerman performing his anthem to marriage equality at the Skeptics Society conference. "Defenders of Marriage" is on Roy's album "Faulty Intelligence."



Introducing the Typo Correction Act of 2007
Blue Jersey
December 18, 2006

An Act concerning a series of typographical errors regarding legally recognized unions of two consenting persons in New Jersey.



CARTOON: Today's conundrum

The Washington Post
December 7, 2006



New bill would 'defend' marriage from sharks
The Onion
September 19, 2006

Bill S-691, also known as The Protection Of Marital Extremities Act, was co-sponsored by Mel Martinez (RFL), who said that, as a devoted husband, he would not want his own 25-year marriage to be split to pieces by a shark, and hinted that opponents of the bill were in fact aiding the fish in their "murderous ways."



Shopping spree
The Stranger
August 17, 2006

When I'm feeling despondent over the state of gay rights in Americaor the concurrent assaults on reproductive freedom, science, and rational thoughtthere's just one thing that helps me overcome my feelings of despair: getting free sh** from Focus on the Family!



COLUMN: Straight talk
The Stranger
August 3, 2006

For years following the breakup of my marriage I wallowed in anger, despair, and self-recrimination. Of course, like any rational person I blamed my ex. But I also blamed myself... again and again. But I'm happy to report that the clouds have cleared from my eyes, for while reading the state supreme court decision upholding Washington's Defense of Marriage Act, I had an epiphany. The divorce wasn't my fault after all. It wasn't even my ex's. It was the gays'.



VIDEO: Lewis Black on divorce
July 27, 2006

"This is a huge problem. Divorce is a sacred institution between a man and a woman who hate each other. God wanted Adam to pay alimony to Eve, not Steve. To paraphrase congressman Gingrey, it's not just any kind of hate, it's a hate that can ruin children."



Legal limbo for a couple of more than 30 years
The Swift Report
August 10, 2005

According to a recent poll, a wide majority of Americans believe that long-time companions President Bush and advisor Karl Rove should have access to the same rights that married couples enjoy. Under current law, Mr. Rove would be denied hospital visitation rights should the President become ill. Nor could the two exercise the right to refuse to testify against one another should legal troubles befall one or both of them.



Hate speech on the other line
New York Sun
May 10, 2005

Comedian Eugene Mirman's recorded phone conversations show deceitful efforts made by anti-gay extremists to solicit donations through switching phone carriers; making outrageous assertions to callers, such groups claim MCI sponsors child pornography.



Gay couple feels pressure to marry
The Onion
June 3, 2004

"At a Memorial Day picnic Monday, the conversation returned to the couple's single status so many times that Burton said 'it might as well have been a bridal shower.'"


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)