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Evan Wolfson


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

Posted: 12/16/11 12:08 AM ET

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") and building support for marriage in the White House, Congress, and the courts; worked to defend marriage in Iowa and New Hampshire; and joined in teeing up other states while growing national support. As we gear up for 2012 and our strategies for gaining more ground in the campaign to win marriage nationwide, here's a look back at Freedom to Marry's Top Ten Moments for Marriage in 2011:

10. Even The Opposition Agrees
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We've seen the trend in support for the freedom to marry grow exponentially -- and we're not the only ones watching the hearts and minds change.

In an interview in the June 4, 2011 issue of World Magazine, Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family, a leading funder of anti-gay attacks concentrated on denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry, declared that the opponents of equality are being repudiated by young people and have "probably lost" on marriage, stating:
We're losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don't know if that's going to change with a little more age -- demographers would say probably not. We've probably lost that.

Personal note: I can't end the year, and these highlights for marriage, without noting that this year, too, like many loving and committed couples counting on the work of Freedom to Marry, I got to say, "I do." Does it feel different? You bet. To share our joy with our family and friends meant the world to my husband(!) and me, and even after 10 years together -- long engagement! -- we are still aglow from our wedding and the love and connectedness we celebrated... why marriage matters.

To learn more about what you can do to make 2012 an even better year for loving and committed couples nationwide, visit


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