Amanda Lucidon, an award-winning photojournalist, is the producer and director of The Legal Stranger Project, which documents, through a series of intimate personal stories, the great disparities encountered by lesbian and gay couples under DOMA.
How did we pull this historic victory off? Fresh from this triumph, I want to share my best thinking on the components that enabled us to win and what this means for the freedom to marry campaign moving forward.
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 of respect to same-sex couples under the law to 40 percent.
National Organization for Marriage's relentless efforts to shroud itself and its funders in a veil of secrecy is telling: If they had a good case against the freedom to marry, why would they be so eager to hide what they're doing?
Rather than discussing marriage, NOM's leaders are engaging in a familiar tactic in their anti-gay bus tour by drumming up a false narrative about the "discrimination" facing opponents of marriage equality.
The anti-gay diversion strategy should not obscure the truth of the matter: The reason smart lawyers like Charles Cooper don't give a better answer to why marriage discrimination should continue is that there isn't one.
As soon as Congress finalizes the bill authorizing repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it should turn its attention to removing the equally repugnant 1996 law mandating federal discrimination in marriage.
As we celebrate the anniversary of marriage in Iowa, all of us committed to the freedom to marry in America have come a long way and confounded the naysayers, but there are still more "unlikely" wins to achieve.
To maintain the powerful momentum created by victory in D.C., the freedom to marry movement must increase education, mobilization, and legislator-persuasion efforts the next wave of states in which victories are within reach.