Freedom to Marry, the LGBT advocacy group with one clear initiative, will close down by next year.
Founded by Evan Wolfson in 2003, its members tirelessly worked to support the fight for marriage equality across the nation. Freedom to Marry’s “Roadmap to Victory” stated that it would succeed by winning states one-by-one and slowly persuading the public that same-sex marriage was something we should all be fighting for. And that’s exactly what they did.
This June, they — and countless other advocacy and rights groups, as well as millions of Americans — won the fight for marriage equality.
“We achieved the goal we set out to do,” Wolfson told the Wall Street Journal. Rather than become “an organization that flails around and figures out what to do next,” he confirmed that Freedom to Marry will lose most of its 30 staff by December, with a small remainder shutting the organization down for good in February.
This week, Freedom to Marry released a powerful video celebrating the decades-long fight for marriage equality. We strongly suggest that you watch it — and perhaps keep a Kleenex or two nearby.
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