Lessons for other social justice causes
In this Chronicle of Philanthropy op-ed, Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson reflects on how the movement came so far, so fast.
Across much of the United States, we are closer to legal equality for gays and lesbians than ever before, but we still have a long way to go. It’s time to give all gay people and their families the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
In 2001, the Haas, Jr. Fund became the first foundation to support marriage equality. Fifteen years later, with the Supreme Court’s historic Obergerfell ruling in June 2015, the freedom to marry was extended to gay and lesbian couples from coast-to-coast.
Marriage equality is now the law of the land, but protecting the freedom to marry will continue to demand hard work.
Today, some are arguing that government officials shouldn’t be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, or that businesses can refuse services to those couples.
In addition, gay and lesbian people in many states still do not have basic protections from employment and housing discrimination.
We took a stand for the freedom to marry. Now, we’re determined to defend that freedom. The Fund is supporting efforts to:
Even as marriage equality becomes a reality in every state in the nation, the struggle for LGBT equality continues.
Matt oversees the Fund’s extensive support for the drive for equal rights and opportunities for immigrants and gays and lesbians.
All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.Harvey Milk