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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.