Freedom to Marry

2,735 Supporters

Freedom to Marry is the leading campaign working to win marriage nationwide. We partner with a diverse range of organizations and supporters across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from the responsibilities, protections, and commitment of marriage. 

Freedom to Marry is:

-Building a nationwide majority for marriage by educating the public about why marriage matters

-Working to win marriage in more states by providing support and resources to state and local efforts

-Promoting nationwide progress by empowering supporters – regardless of sexual orientation – to take effective action.

Freedom to Marry fills four principal roles in the marriage movement. We are a:

-Catalyst driving the national debate on the freedom to marry

-Grassroots network of activists building support for marriage online and on the ground

-Strategy and messaging center providing support to local, state, and national allies

-Funding engine helping to fuel the marriage movement nationwide.

 

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Petitioning The President of the United States

Don't Deport Henry: Repeal DOMA Now

On August 29, Henry Velandia and Josh Vandiver were married in Montville, Connecticut. But unlike most newlyweds, Henry & Josh aren't spending the fall sending out thank you cards or taking the honeymoon of their dreams. Instead, Henry and Josh are fighting to save their marriage. Because of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), passed by Congress in 1996, the federal government does not honor same-sex couple’s marriages, which means that Henry – who was born in Venezuela and moved to the U.S. in 2002 – may soon face deportation. If Henry and Josh were not a same-sex couple, Josh would easily be able to sponsor Henry for a visa or citizenship. Henry and Josh are now considering leaving the U.S. to keep their family together, and they’re not alone.  Each day, DOMA tears apart thousands of bi-national families who have been separated or are facing deportation. DOMA excludes legally married same-sex couples from the more than a thousand federal responsibilities and protections of marriage, including Social Security survivor benefits, fair treatment by the IRS, and the ability to sponsor a spouse for a visa or citizenship. Loving, committed, and legally married couples like Henry and Josh shouldn't have to fight against government-sanctioned discrimination to be together. Tell President Obama to end the deportations and protect married couples like Henry and Josh by fulfilling his pledge to repeal DOMA.

Freedom to Marry
2,735 supporters