Religious leaders rally for freedom to marry at Minnesota capitol

Clergy of various faiths and community members gathered at the state capitol Thursday in an effort to push for marriage equality. OutFront Minnesota organized the event called "I Do Support Love Freedom to Marry Day Rally."

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Freedom to Marry Week: Bringing It Home

Guest blogger Marc Solomon, Marriage Director of Equality California and former Executive Director of MassEquality, reflects on 2009: "Once again it's been a year of exalting ups and difficult downs, but having worked on the freedom to marry pretty much non-stop since 2001, I am very optimistic about the course ahead." He shares his reflections on both California and the nation, both for last year and the year ahead. "In my many years of working on this issue, I can tell you that the most effective way to move people our way is to share our stories."

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Video: PA State Senator Daylin Leach speaks on the Freedom to Marry

Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach, a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, speaks in the Capitol building in Harrisburg on his bill, SB 935 that, if passed would honor the marriages of gay couples in Pennsylvania.

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Corrected San Diego Address for Equality California Canvass Tomorrow

Equality California
February 9, 2010

Equality California will host canvasses across the state in celebration of Freedom to Marry Week (February 8-14). As part of the weekend outreach efforts, same-sex couples will be joining EQCA volunteers and staff to discuss the freedom to marry with local community members. Enclosed is a list of the statewide canvasses. Note corrected San Diego address for Saturday, February 13. [Link]

Saturday, February 13

  • Fresno: 1055 N. Van Ness Ave., Ste. C
    11 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Los Angeles: Holy Faith Episcopal Church, 260 N. Locust St., Inglewood
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Riverside: 1410 3rd St., Suite #7
    12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • San Francisco: 2370 Market St. 2nd Floor
    12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Bloggers are encouraged to come to this canvass. Visit for more information.
  • Sacramento: 1722 J Street, second floor, Ste 9
    Second Saturday Art Walk between 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • San Diego: 4379 30th Street, San Diego CA 92104
    12 p.m. -5 p.m.

Sunday, February 14

  • Orange County: 1601 South Grand Ave, Suite F, Santa Ana
    12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Proponents rally in support of Freedom to Marry bill for Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 9, 2010

Proponents of the freedom to marry gathered on the steps of the PA Capitol rotunda Monday and chanted, "Pennsylvania can't you see -- what equality means to me." They were supporters of Senate Bill 935, by Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, which would honor the marriages of gay couples. Leach said laws outlawing marriage equality are "the last bastion of society-sanctioned discrimination." [Link]

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Equality Maryland: Lobby Day Re-Scheduled to Monday, February 22nd

Equality Maryland
February 7, 2010

Due to the record-breaking snowfall, there are concerns about the safety of supporters and possible parking and accessibility challenges. Therefore Equality Maryland lobby day has been rer-scheduled for Monday, February 22nd. All other details remain the same as in our original post. [Link]

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Marriage Equality USA: Events taking place during National Freedom to Marry Month

Marriage Equality USA
February 6, 2010
A listing of official Marriage Equality USA events, or events authorized by Marriage Equality USA Chapters or member organizations, taking place in various California locations. [Link]

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Voice for Equality, Dr. John Corvino’s upcoming speaking engagements

February 3, 2010

Upcoming appearance dates for Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Dr. John Corvino:

Feb. 4: Otterbein College, "Born or Made-and What's the Difference?"

Mar. 2: Missouri State University (Springfield), Debate with Glenn Stanton on the Existence of God

Mar. 4: DePauw University (IN), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Mar. 5: University of Lethbridge (AB, Canada), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Mar. 9: St. Olaf College (MN), Marriage Debate with Glenn Stanton

Mar. 30: Millersville University (PA), Marriage Debate with Glenn Stanton

Mar. 31: University of Detroit-Mercy, Marriage Debate with Jeffrey Ventrella

Apr. 6: Drake University (IA), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Apr. 8: NE Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (Wilkes-Barre), Workshop

Apr. 9: Delaware County Community College (PA), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Apr. 20: Wright State University (OH), Homosexuality/Morality talk


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Countdown to Freedom to Marry Week 2010

Events Planned Across the Country to Celebrate Victories and
Continue the Fight

For Immediate Release:
February 2
, 2010
, New York, NY

(New York, February 2, 2010)— With the 13th annual Freedom to Marry Week, February 8-14th, just 6 days away, the number of events scheduled across the country continues to grow.

“Every year, right around President Lincoln's birthday and Valentine's Day, symbolizing equality and love, supporters of the freedom to marry take action and promote conversations about why marriage matters to American families, gay and non-gay alike," said Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry. "This year, Freedom to Marry's partner organizations across the country - from Rhode Island to Washington state - are organizing Freedom to Marry Week rallies, house parties, film screenings, and lobby days. At Freedom to Marry, we will unveil an updated website and new social-media tools to serve the marriage movement and help build a majority for marriage nationwide."

Freedom to Marry Week events across the country will include:

The True Stories Project: Screenings of Inlaws and Outlaws across Washington, February 5-14, 2010
Freedom to Marry Pennsylvania
: March and Rally at the Statehouse
in Harrisburg on February 8, 2010
Equality Maryland
: Lobby Day
in Annapolis on February 9, 2010
One Iowa
: Lobby Day at the Capitol
in Des Moines on February 10, 2010
Marriage Equality Rhode Island
: Rally for Marriage Equality
in Providence on February 10, 2010
Outfront Minnesota:
Freedom to Marry Rally
in Saint Paul on February 11, 2010
Equality March Texas and Queer Liberaction
: Freedom to Marry Rally
in Dallas on February 12, 2010
Lambda Legal
: 9th Annual Freedom to Marry Reception
in Chicago on February 18, 2010

For more event listings and to learn more about Freedom to Marry Week, visit:

Sean Eldridge
Director of Communications, Freedom to Marry

Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.

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Freedom to Marry Week Screenings of “Inlaws & Outlaws”

January 20, 2010

The True Stories Project has donated several screenings of Inlaws & Outlaws to allied organizations in support of Freedom to Marry Week - from Friday February 5th through Monday February 15th, 2010. For details on hosting your own screening, volunteering and a list of scheduled screenings, click here. [Link] See film trailer below:

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