Freedom to Marry
01/19/2017 at 16:28. Facebook
An appropriate #TBT today to President Obama making history and becoming the first sitting president to announce support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 2012, following hundreds of thousands urging him to say "I do" – take a look at how it happened, and share this great memory: [ Link ]

How President Obama Modeled National Support for the Freedom to Marry as 'Messenger-in-Chief'
Freedom to Marry
01/17/2017 at 19:08. Facebook
Congrats, Billy and Adam – and thanks for your years of speaking out for the freedom to marry!

Kinky Boots Star Billy Porter Marries Longtime Partner Adam Smith
Big step forward in Peru, where a same-sex couple has been recognized by the high court there! It's time for the freedom to marry in Peru nationwide:

Court Orders Peru to Recognize Its First Marriage Between a Same-Sex Couple
Thank you, President Barack Obama, for your years of leadership and service – and for highlighting the challenges and triumphs of LGBT Americans in your farewell address tonight: [ Link ]
Lenissa and Abigail married this year in Maui, Hawaii! Congratulations!
Big congratulations to soccer player robbie rogers and TV superproducer/writer/director Greg Berlanti, who this week announced their engagement! [ Link ]

Robbie Rogers Engaged to Marry TV producer Greg Berlanti
Great step forward in Taiwan, where lawmakers are closer to making the country the first in Asia where same-sex couples can wed! [ Link ]

Taiwan Moves a Step Closer to Legalising Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
We still have stark memories of December 20, 2013 – a Friday afternoon when a federal judge in Utah became the first since 'Windsor' to issue a sweeping ruling striking down a state's marriage ban. Congrats and happy anniversary to all of the couples who said "I do" today – read more on how it happened:

December 20, 2013: The Day the Freedom to Marry Came To Utah
Don't miss this great photo of a same-sex couple's proposal in Chicago capturing a bystander's heart-warming reaction: [ Link ]

Engagement Proposal Goes Viral After Photo Captures Reaction of Bystander
Journey stories are powerful expressions of the ways that people can and do change their minds once they come to understand who LGBT people are. Take a look at this latest story from New Zealand:

In New Zealand, Incoming Prime Minister Bill English U-Turns by Supporting the Freedom to Marry
This sweet proposal was made possible with help from the team at the Chicago Bulls! Congrats to the couple: [ Link ]

Same-Sex Couple's Proposal at Chicago Bulls NBA Game Makes History
"The Cherokee Nation will begin recognizing same-sex marriages under an opinion issued Friday by the tribe’s attorney general, who said that Cherokees practiced something similar to gay marriage in past centuries." Check it out!

Cherokee Nation Attorney General Says Tribe Must Recognize Marriages Between Same-Sex Couples
Cheers to Sarah and Reyann, who were married in their home state of Texas on the Frio River in October 2016! Cheers to the happy couple, free to marry at last!
"Taiwan should become another nation to recognize that love is love, regardless of sexual orientation," writes The New York Times of the burgeoning movement for the freedom to marry in Taiwan, which would be the first country in Asia to allow same-sex couples to marry. Read more:

Taiwan as a Same-Sex Marriage Pioneer
Big congratulations to BerLyn and Jais, who are now legally married! Check out their magical video from the wedding day: [ Link ]
When we closed our doors at Freedom to Marry last year, we worked with the archives team at Yale to ensure the lessons learned from the fight – and key artifacts and information – are preserved for years to come. Check it out: [ Link ]

Freedom to Marry Archives Offer Inside Look at a Modern Civil Rights Movement
Brittany and Ruthann got married in September 2016 in Ohio – and Brittany shared this with us: "I married my best friend in Ohio surrounded by our closest family and friends – Love wins!" Cheers to the happy couple.
"We will have to listen, learn, think, and move forward," Evan Wolfson said about the 2016 election results. "We will have to organize, persuade, evoke values, and when needed, fight for what we love." Read more on his thoughts during this challenging time – and please share: [ Link ]

Freedom to Marry Founder Evan Wolfson on Results of 2016 Election | Freedom to Marry
This week marks four years since the marriage movement came together to – for the first time ever – secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples at the ballot! Read more about lessons learned from the fight: [ Link ]

Winning at the Ballot: Lessons from the Campaign to Win the Freedom to Marry