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'Evolution' Watch: Obama to Share Stage with Marriage Equality Activist Evan Wolfson

President Obama will be sharing the stage with Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson as they both receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction at the New York City college's commencement Monday, Buzzfeed reports.

WolfsonWill it place added pressure on Obama's marriage equality "evolution"?

Wolfson tells Buzzfeed:

If I got to whisper in the President's ear, I would thank him for the important steps he has already taken in support of the freedom to marry, applaud him for speaking in such personal terms about the journey he and so many Americans have made to understand who gay families are and why marriage matters, and encourage him to complete that journey and join the national majority for Americans. And if we happen to be standing near a hot mike, I expect that would get a unanimous standing ovation from the graduates who, like the overwhelming super-majority of young people now favoring the freedom to marry, want this president with them on the right side of history, with liberty and justice for all.


Nancy Pelosi Supports Freedom to Marry Plank in 2012 Dem Platform

Yesterday I mentioned a push by Freedom to Marry to include a marriage equality plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform, using the following language:

Sayido"We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples."

PelosiHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is on board, Metro Weekly reports:

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill tells Metro Weekly, "Leader Pelosi supports this language."

Said Freedom to Marry founder and President Evan Wolfson:

"Freedom to Marry is proud to have Leader Pelosi joining our call to put the Democratic Party squarely on record in support of the freedom to marry as part of the national platform.  A strong majority of Democrats and Independents support the freedom to marry, and standing up for all families is not just the right thing to do morally, it's also right to do politically.  I hope more people will quickly join Leader Pelosi by signing Freedom to Marry's Democrats: Say I Do petition so together we can get the party, and the country, where the majority of Americans already are."

The 'Say I Do' petition campaign can be found HERE.

In related news, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been selected chairman of this summer's Democratic National Convention.


'Freedom to Marry' Pushes for Marriage Equality Plank in 2012 Democratic Party Platform

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Freedom to Marry has launched a petition campaign urging the Democratic Party to include specific marriage equality language in its 2012 platform. Writes the group in a press release:

The proposed language for the plank builds on previous, less explicit planks endorsed over the past two presidential election cycles, and states:
 
“We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry.  Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times.  We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.”

The 'Say I Do' petition campaign can be found HERE.


Said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry: “An overwhelming majority of Democrats support the freedom to marry, as do a significant majority of Independents and voters under 50 across the political spectrum. The Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and civil rights of all Americans.  It’s now time for the national party to be true to its values and its voters and go unequivocally on record for the freedom to marry.”

The platform will be ratified at the Democratic National Convention, which begins September 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson Smacks Down NOM's Brian Brown: VIDEO

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Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) faced off yesterday in a WABC debate over putting same-sex marriage to a voter referendum in New Jersey.

The more Brown repeats his idiotic talking points, the more their lack of substance becomes apparent, particularly when there's an expert like Wolfson on hand to tear them to shreds.

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Obama's LGBT Fundraiser and NY Marriage Equality Dominate Nightly Cable News Shows: VIDEOS

The nightly news talk shows were lit up with the issues of Obama's LGBT fundraiser and marriage equality in New York. Check out coverage on five of the major shows, below.

CENK UYGUR: Lt. Dan Choi and Brian Ellner from the Human Rights Campaign face off on Obama's accomplishments.

LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson talks about the OBama LGBT fundraiser.

RACHEL MADDOW: Obama's LGBT fundraiser discussion with former New Paltz Mayor Jason West, who illegally married couples in his town in 2004.

ANDERSON COOPER: Obama's LGBT fundraiser and progress with Wolfson and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Finally, HRC's Fred Sainz and blogger John Aravosis talk with Ron Reagan on Hardball.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson Talks to Anderson Cooper About Anticipation Over Marriage Equality in NY: VIDEO

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Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson joined Anderson Cooper and CNN legal expert Jeffrey Toobin last night for a talk about the status of marriage equality in New York and the consequences of its passage on the rest of the country.

Wolfson seems very hopeful. Stay tuned to Towleroad today for all the developments.

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