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Freedom to Marry Launching $1 million Campaign to Build Southern Support for Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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At a press conference on Monday, Freedom to Marry is expected to announce a new $1 million television ad campaign in Southern states in the hopes of swaying public opinion and the judges who will decide the fate of state bans on gay unions. As it stands, there are about two dozen lawsuits challenging bans on gay marriage that are pending before state and federal courts in Southern states. The Washington Post reports:

“Freedom to Marry’s national strategy has always been to build a critical mass of states and support to create the climate for the Supreme Court to bring the country to national resolution. We don’t have to win within every state, but we have to win enough states,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 11.13.09 AMAtlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will join the group at its Monday press conference. The group will also try to tie same-sex marriage to the civil rights movement, by featuring Rep. John Lewis [right], the longtime Georgia Democrat who ran the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in a testimonial.

“I see the right to marriage as a civil rights issue. You cannot have rights for one segment of the population and one group of people and not for everybody,” Lewis says in the video.

Watch Lewis' video for the new campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...

Co-chairs of the new initiative will include Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), as well as Mark McKinnon, a former senior adviser to George W. Bush and Lance Bass, the ‘N Sync singer.


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  1. Fantastic news.

    Posted by: Håkon | Feb 23, 2014 4:54:24 PM

  2. I've always loved John Lewis and the more I find out about him the more love I feel.
    He's a living hero and has spent most of his life as such. What a great ally!

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 23, 2014 5:03:19 PM

  3. 'Lay down the burden of prejudice'
    Thank you Senator Lewis.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 23, 2014 5:07:45 PM

  4. Happy to have James Clyburn as my representative.

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 23, 2014 5:18:35 PM

  5. This is very good news. Money well-spent, I'd say, especially if it achieves the goal of being able to marry in the Southern states.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Feb 23, 2014 5:37:54 PM

  6. I hope this plays in Mississippi. Better now than when I was growing up but still a good ways to go.

    Posted by: Ed P. | Feb 23, 2014 7:11:36 PM

  7. Waste of money...a better use would be to relocate people out of the south and let the south continue the march towards a new dark ages.

    Posted by: Nathan | Feb 23, 2014 7:20:33 PM

  8. Nathan -- that's backwards thinking, the same way that some people say school lunches and public health are a "waste of money". First of all, that's a repugnant notion because we're talking about human beings and our fellow Americans. We shouldn't want ignorant and suffering Americans. People of intelligence, compassion, virtue, and talent are being born everywhere, and we should hope that they have the opportunity to contribute to our shared world to the full extent of their ability. Second, because we share our space with these people whom you dismiss. We share our voting power, our resources, our webspace, and our living space. I don't want to worry about ignorant people driving across the country shooting people. I would rather we try and lift as many people as possible into understanding and tolerance; into at least basic health, and out of desperation and ignorance.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 23, 2014 7:44:09 PM

  9. Very glad to have growing support!

    Posted by: Reality | Feb 23, 2014 9:56:00 PM

  10. How is Brian Brown going to match this? Where is his million? He must have literally eaten it up.

    Posted by: Simon | Feb 23, 2014 11:04:01 PM

  11. I agree with Mike B. (above)

    I wish I had an extra $1M to send them as this is a powerful and much needed message.

    Speaking of money and messages. Anyone have any idea what David Geffen does with all of his money (he's worth about $6 Billion) when it comes to the LGBT movement?

    Posted by: mike | Feb 24, 2014 4:24:31 AM

  12. John Lewis is a hero and a national treasure.

    Posted by: Chicagoan | Feb 24, 2014 2:06:52 PM

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