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Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson

Founder & President, Freedom to Marry & Author, Why Marriage Matters

Evan Wolfson is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry (2005). In 2004, Time magazine named him one of the "100 most influential people in the world," and in 2012, he won the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama. Prior to founding Freedom to Marry in 2003, Wolfson launched the marriage movement as co-counsel in the landmark Hawaii marriage case, Baehr v. Miike. He also contributed to the legal teams in the Vermont case that led to the creation of "civil unions," and in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which led to same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Wolfson argued before the Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale and has taught at Columbia Law School as an adjunct professor.

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This Court should make clear that sexual orientation discrimination is presumptively unconstitutional and warrants meaningful scrutiny.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Brian Brown and Evan Wolfson talked about the implications of Supreme Court oral arguments happening in the four cases related to same-sex marriage.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Loving and committed couples who do the work of marriage in their everyday lives and who have made a commitment in life deserve that commitment under law as well – and not just in Massachusetts and Hawaii, but throughout our country.

Monday, November 25, 2013

How are we going to win the freedom to marry and end marriage discrimination nationwide?

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

In America, we don't have second-class citizens and shouldn't have second-class marriages.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Denial of the freedom to marry is one of the harshest inequalities inflicted on lesbian and gay families—discrimination by their own government.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Evan Wolfson’s written testimony for the hearing “S. 598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Evan Wolfson's seminal document outlining the marriage equality movement in the context of our nation's ongoing evolution toward equality.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

An excerpt of Evan Wolfson's opening comments in a debate about parenting and marriage equality with David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007