For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. Council Votes in Support of the Freedom to Marry
NEW YORK - Statement by Evan
Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage
Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry, following the
District of Columbia City Council’s 11-2 vote in support of the freedom
to marry, the first of two required votes:
“Today, the District of
Columbia’s City Council listened to their constituents and overwhelmingly
voted in support of protecting families throughout the District, the first of
two votes needed by the council to end the exclusion of gay couples from
marriage. A majority of voters, and families, from across New York and
New Jersey now look to their representatives in the state legislature to do the
right thing and vote in support of the freedom to marry. As research has
shown, by voting for the freedom to marry for gay couples, legislators in these
states will continue to be re-elected just as every other state legislator who
has voted in support of marriage equality and ran for re-election.”
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