Election 2008 gave the nation a sense of hope, and even though anti-gay amendments passed in some states, the election further paved the path to equality.
"I am buoyed by the great news from around the country. This includes not just the historic and inspiring election of Barack Obama, but enhanced opportunities to press forward for marriage in other states in 2009 while we work to restore the freedom to marry in California, sooner than some think. From the millions who voted right in California and the thousands of gay and non-gay people who worked together to defeat Prop 8 to the majorities already with us among crucial populations (for example, young people of every race), I see the progress we have made and the foundation for the work needed ahead, provided we don't allow what we've built to dissipate."
— Evan Wolfson
Use the key resources below to learn more about election 2008.
To Deepen Your Knowledge:
Contrary to some political expectations, this report proves voting to support the freedom to marry and opposing anti-marriage measures helps rather than hurts politicians.(pdf link)
Freedom to Marry, in collaboration with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Let California Ring, and And Marriage for All, released a new study that discusses what drove the passage of Proposition 8 and debunks the myths about African-American voting on marriage equality. The study also showed support for freedom to marry grew across nearly all demographics in California. (pdf link)
Why candidates should support the freedom to marry not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is also in their interest to do so. (pdf link)