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Freedom to Marry Launches Voices for Equality Program

50 Voices for Equality Already Nominated, Help Us Reach 100 Voices by May 2009


Freedom to Marry announced today the creation of its new
program-Voices for Equality-an online record of prominent Americans
who have spoken out against discrimination in marriage. From religious leaders
to entertainers to politicians, these non-gay and gay women and men are
refusing to be silent at a time when America's promise of equality is at

"The Voices for Equality program highlights those who are
speaking out for marriage equality in order to honor these voices and help
promote conversations across the country with these individuals as
examples," said Evan Wolfson,
executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America,
Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry
. "A great
example of a Voice for Equality is Steve Schmidt, chief strategist of John
McCain's presidential campaign, who spoke out in support of marriage equality
just recently, and gave a speech about why Republicans should embrace the
freedom to marry."

Our first
50 Voices for Equality, including Steve Schmidt, are already profiled on the
Freedom to Marry website (,
but everyone can help spotlight the next 50. Beginning April 20, 2009,
nominations will be accepted to build the roster of Voices for Equality.
Make sure your hero is among that group by sending an email to today.

small group of volunteers from across the country put together this first group
of prominent individuals," noted Tahlib Disney-Britton, Freedom to
Marry's Voices for Equality Program Director. "Now we want everyone
to help us meet our goal of 100 Voices for Equality by May 1st."

can be made by e-mailing your nomination to and
describing why you think this person deserves to be a Voice for Equality. While
we welcome all allies who are supportive of equality for gay people, only those
who have taken a public stand expressly for marriage equality can be
spotlighted as one of Freedom to Marry's Voices for Equality.


Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America's leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.