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The Respect for Marriage Coalition is a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women's organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and grow support for the freedom to marry. The Coalition is co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors President & Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Mayors of Atlanta, Chapel Hill, San Antonio, Santa Fe, and St. Paul Mark Beginning of LGBT Pride Month by Urging SCOTUS to Strike Down DOMA & Bans on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue historic rulings in two cases challenging Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and state bans on marriage for same-sex couples including California’s “Proposition 8,” six of the nation’s top mayors marked the beginning of LGBT Pride month by urging the Supreme Court to extend the freedom to marry to all loving couples. Read More »

Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Former GOP Congressman Charlie Bass Call for National Equality on 4th Anniversary of Freedom to Marry in NH

On the fourth anniversary of New Hampshire’s marriage equality law, Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, former GOP Congressman Charlie Bass, Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, and Republican and military veteran Craig Stowell held a press conference call today urging the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as well as discriminatory state bans on same-sex marriage including California’s “Proposition 8” in decisions expected this month. Read More »

Today Marks One Year Anniversary of President Obama’s Support for Freedom to Marry

The Respect for Marriage Coalition today marked the one year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s support for the freedom to marry, an historic announcement that injected new momentum into the movement for equality for gay and lesbian couples nationwide. Read More »

Delaware Becomes 11th U.S. State to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation this afternoon making Delaware the 11th state in the nation – plus the District of Columbia – to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. With added help from Republican state legislators, Delaware’s freedom to marry legislation passed a final hurdle in the state senate this afternoon. The law will go into effect on July 1st. Read More »

Week in Review: Big Gains for the Freedom to Marry

With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry, and Delaware, Illinois, and Minnesota close behind, this week brought major gains for the freedom to marry across America. Read More »

Mayor Julián Castro and Fmr. Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz Pen Oped for the Houston Chronicle on Bipartisan Support for the Freedom to Marry

The following op-ed written by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz appeared in the Houston Chronicle today ahead of this weekend's Young Republican National Federation Spring Board Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Read More »

CNBC Host Suze Orman and Ernst & Young LLP Leaders Discuss Tax-Filing Challenges for Married Same-Sex Couples

While many Americans dread April 15th, tax season comes with additional challenges and hurdles for married same-sex couples. CNBC Host Suze Orman and two Ernst & Young LLP leaders participated in a press conference call Monday to discuss the challenges same-sex married couples face during tax season and shared some financial planning tips. Read More »

ICYMI: Washington Post: Public Wants Constitution to Decide Same-Sex Marriage, Not States

A new Quinnipiac University poll released today suggests that a majority of voters think same-sex marriage should be decided by the U.S. Constitution rather than by individual states. Read More »

Bipartisan Statements on GOP Senator Mark Kirk’s Support for the Freedom to Marry

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today became the 50th member of the Senate to endorse the freedom to marry, joining a number of bipartisan colleagues who have recently announced their support for equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans. Read More »

Wednesday’s Top Headlines: Supreme Court Sets its Sights on DOMA

After oral argument in a historic case challenging California’s discriminatory Prop 8 legislation yesterday, today, the U.S. Supreme Court will set its sights on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Read More »

Media Kit: Perry & Windsor Supreme Court Cases

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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two historic cases that could determine whether gay and lesbian couples have the same fundamental right to marry as anyone else, and whether gay married couples are entitled to equal treatment under the law. Read More »

Respect for Marriage Coalition Launches National TV Ad Called “Journey”

The Respect for Marriage Coalition today unveiled the latest in a series of national television ads aimed at showcasing the broad public support for the freedom to marry. Read More »

Respect for Marriage Coalition Applauds Bill Clinton Op-ed Calling on Supreme Court to Overturn DOMA

The Respect for Marriage Coalition issued the following statements from Coalition co-chairs Chad Griffin and Evan Wolfson applauding former President Bill Clinton for calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which he signed into law in 1996. Read More »

Bipartisan Coalition of Amici Curiae Filing in Landmark Proposition 8 and DOMA Cases Stand Together for the Freedom to Marry and End to DOMA

A broad bipartisan coalition of organizations filing briefs with the United States Supreme Court as amici curiae, or “friends of the Court,” in support of the plaintiffs in the landmark cases challenging California’s Proposition 8 and the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) held a joint press conference on Thursday. Read More »

THURSDAY: Bi-Partisan Coalition of Amicus Brief Filers in Landmark Perry and Windsor Supreme Court Cases Hold Press Conference

GOP, Labor, Business, Faith and Military Leaders Stand Together for the Freedom to Marry, Strike Down DOMA Read More »

Respect for Marriage Coalition Launches Second National Ad Featuring Republican Military Veteran Craig Stowell in Support of the Freedom to Marry

The Respect for Marriage Coalition has launched a second national television ad which features Craig Stowell, a Republican and former Marine Corporal, speaking out for the freedom to marry. Titled “Stowell,” the national television ad is part of the Coalition’s ongoing “#Time4Marriage” advertising campaign. Read More »