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Evan Wolfson
Evan Wolfson is President of Freedom to Marry, the leading campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry, published by Simon & Schuster in July 2004 and re-released in paperback with a new foreword in June 2005. Citing his national leadership on marriage equality and his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, the National Law Journal in 2000 named Evan one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." In 2004, Time magazine named Evan one of "the 100 most influential people in the world."

Before founding Freedom to Marry, Evan served as marriage project director for Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, was co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case, and participated in numerous gay rights and HIV/AIDS cases. Evan previously served as Associate Counsel to Lawrence Walsh in the Iran/Contra investigation, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. Between Yale College and Harvard Law School, Evan spent two years with the Peace Corps in West Africa.

Entries by Evan Wolfson

A Visual History: Plaintiffs in Four Decades of Marriage Cases

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:24 AM

All eyes are on the Supreme Court as America awaits a final ruling on marriage for same-sex couples, expected this summer. Oral argument took place on April 28, with attorneys making the case on behalf of plaintiffs in marriage cases out of Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan. In total, 30...

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Top 10 Moments From a Blockbuster Year for the Freedom to Marry

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:02 PM

2014 was another blockbuster year for the freedom to marry. In January gay couples could marry in 19 states. By December that number had skyrocketed to 35 -- covering two thirds of the American people. The momentum for marriage is off the charts, and the joy and security marriage brings...

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Tough It Out, Valerie Jarrett

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Among many disappointing outcomes of the midterm elections has been a spate of scapegoating and attacks on the White House, and, in particular, one of the president's longest-serving and closest advisers, Valerie Jarrett. The New Republic's Noam Scheiber ponies up a litany of complaints and criticisms, mostly anonymous,...

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The Top 10 Freedom to Marry Moments in 2013

(9) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 9:08 AM

What a year for the freedom to marry! In 2013 we racked up wins at an unparalleled pace, reflecting and accelerating the momentum we have worked so hard to build over so long. From groundbreaking rulings at the Supreme Court to state victories in nearly every part of the country...

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Freedom to Marry's Top 10 Moments for Marriage in 2012

(18) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 2:17 PM

Like 2011, 2012 was a year of triumph and transformation for the freedom to marry and our campaign.

We heard the president give a heartfelt and personal explanation of the conversations that had changed his mind and led him to embrace the freedom to marry. We saw the Democratic Party...

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President Obama: How to End Marriage Discrimination (Spoiler Alert: It's Freedom to Marry's Strategy)

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 4:44 PM

In an MTV interview on Friday, President Obama reiterated his support for the freedom to marry, recounted the many steps his administration has taken to stand up for gay families and equality under the law, and shared some thoughts on how the law and history suggest...

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Loading Up the Medals, but Still Racing for the Freedom to Marry at Home

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 10:37 PM

On Friday, the world will be watching as its best athletes come together in London to compete for the Olympic gold. It's an old tradition at the junction of friendly rivalry, hard work, and patriotism -- and when Americans win, the audience over here cheers.

As in the race for...

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Momentum 2012: A Big Year Already, With More Ahead

(44) Comments | Posted June 9, 2012 | 8:06 AM

President Obama's announcement of support for the freedom to marry, a decision rooted in the Golden Rule of "treating others the way you would want to be treated," is a historic milestone for the global freedom to marry movement. The President joins a growing number of Americans who have opened...

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Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry

(65) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 3:31 PM

The below is a joint piece by Evan Wolfson and Aubrey Sarvis. Evan Wolfson is founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Aubrey Sarvis is an Army Veteran and Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)

Earlier this month, First...

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After the Prop 8 Victory, What's Next?

(37) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 2:03 PM

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that Proposition 8, the anti-gay measure that stripped gay and lesbian couples in California of the freedom to marry, is unconstitutional. Yesterday, Feb. 8, the Washington legislature passed a marriage bill that will go to the...

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Freedom to Marry's Top 10 Moments for Marriage in 2011

(38) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 11:08 PM

What a year! In 2011 Freedom to Marry scored a transformative triumph as we co-founded and co-led the coalition that helped secure the freedom to marry in New York; launched our federal campaign advancing the Respect for Marriage Act (the bill to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, "DOMA")...

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The Freedom To Marry: What's Next After New York?

(125) Comments | Posted June 25, 2011 | 7:12 PM

New York is not the first state to have its legislature end the exclusion of lesbian and gay couples from marriage, but this time is different.

With Friday's vote for families and fairness, the number of Americans living in states with the freedom to marry

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President Obama on the Freedom to Marry: 'Our Work Is Not Finished'

(30) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 3:34 PM

Last night during a speech in which President Obama was ticking off the work still ahead for his administration, an audience member called him out on the freedom to marry. The president responded, "Our work is not finished."

President Obama is right. The work --...

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Why Marriage Matters: Let's Start the Conversation

(17) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 9:05 PM

Today, Freedom to Marry is excited to announce the launch of our groundbreaking new campaign "Why Marriage Matters." I have invited our Director of Public Engagement Thalia Zepatos to share more about the campaign and how it will move marriage forward nationwide:

President Obama and Vice President Biden are traveling...

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What We Can Learn From Illinois

(7) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 3:17 PM

This week, Illinois' Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Illinois Religious Freedom Protections and Civil Unions Act passed by the state's legislature in December. By creating civil union, a non-marriage marital status for certain couples, Illinois has brought the number of Americans living in jurisdictions that provide some measure...

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Time for Government to Show All Families Deserve Protection

(11) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 9:23 PM

If it's Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., it isn't hard to find Darlene Maffett, her partner, and their two children -- just head over to St. Luke's Community Church. As the first gay-friendly African-American church in a city where 32 percent of all gay couples are raising children, the Maffetts call...

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Freedom to Marry's Top 10 Moments for Marriage in 2010

(40) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 9:59 AM

Freedom to Marry spent 2010 ramping up and reinventing itself to be the national campaign the movement needs to get the job done. Working together in this campaign, we can make 2011, like 2010, another winning year for the freedom to marry.

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Maggie Gallagher: Face It, Discrimination Has Consequences

(13) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 11:58 AM

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage recently wrote a column for the New York Post in which she tried to deny culpability in creating through her words, actions and opposition to non-discrimination laws an anti-gay climate that marginalizes LGBT Americans and contributes to the sense...

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National Organization for Marriage, What Are You Hiding?

(15) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 9:15 PM

After historic rulings this summer challenging marriage discrimination in California and Massachusetts and two national polls showing majority support for the freedom to marry, Maggie Gallagher's National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is scrambling.

Never much more than a shell-group to funnel...

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After Historic Prop 8 Ruling, What's Next for the Freedom to Marry

(324) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 9:56 AM

All of us who believe in America's promise of equal protection under the law celebrated yesterday's federal court ruling striking down California's infamous Proposition 8, which in November 2008 stripped away the freedom to marry from same-sex couples in California (except for the 18,000 couples who had married...

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