With today marking the anniversary of the first marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in New York, Freedom to Marry is turning the spotlight on a diverse group of couples who are sharing their inspiring stories.
“Extending the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples in New York was a tremendous and transformative moment for the state, the nation, and the world,” said Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry, who joined city officials this morning in marking the anniversary at a celebration announcement. “Thousands of couples have since professed their love in front of family and friends in New York, affirming and strengthening their commitment to one another and making the universal promise to share all of life’s joys and sorrows together. Today is the perfect time to redouble our efforts to win more states so that many more Americans can share in the freedom to marry.”
New York was the first state in which marriage legislation passed in a Republican-controlled legislative chamber. The legislation was championed by and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who ran for office on his pledge to pass a bill ending the exclusion of marriage from same-sex couples. The law has more than doubled the number of Americans living in a state with the freedom to marry, from 16 million to 35 million people.
Freedom to Marry is profiling many couples who married in New York after passage of the law.
In the year since the passage of marriage in New York, President Obama has announced his support for the freedom to marry, multiple federal courts have struck down DOMA as unconstitutional, and Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington State have all passed freedom to marry laws in their respective legislatures.