In 2012, the organization Freedom to Marry raised millions of dollars and pour enormous resources into the four ballot measures. As a result of their and other organizations work, we emerged victorious in all four states. Building on the momentum of those victories is crucial and there are five states that currently have marriage equality battles taking place.
Those states are Illinois, Hawaii, Delaware, Minnesota, Rhode Island and New Jersey. Prospects look particularly good in Hawaii, Illinois and Rhode Island.
The organization has already pledged $800,000 toward those efforts but want to raise a total of $2 Million for their "Win More States Fund:".
In a press release, Freedom to Marry wrote:
“Building on our 4 for 4 ballot victories in November, Freedom to Marry is calling on supporters to join us in continuing the momentum and winning still more states in 2013,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “With the clock ticking on the Supreme Court’s review of marriage cases, we want to make as much progress as we can – and with battles already under way now in state capitals, we all need to put our money where our momentum is.”
Freedom to Marry’s Win More States Fund, launched in 2012, strategically channels dollars into state marriage campaigns where and when most needed, supporting grassroots organizing, lobbying, paid and new media, and more, all aimed at ensuring that the most strategic campaigns are being waged. In addition, Freedom to Marry is deeply embedded in the campaigns themselves, providing strategic guidance and supporting every aspect of the advocacy work in the states.
"Freedom to Marry's continued commitment to Minnesota couldn't come at a more critical time,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families. “As we move toward securing the freedom to marry for our state, this investment shows the level of commitment and confidence that soon all loving and committed couples can join marriage in Minnesota. Freedom to Marry continues to be an outstanding leader and partner to all those who believe love is love and it belongs to everybody."
In 2012, Freedom to Marry surpassed its initial Win More States Fund goal by August and helped achieve victory in all four ballot states – Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington – as well as defeat a repeal measure in New Hampshire and move a marriage bill through New Jersey’s state legislature. In total, Freedom to Marry invested more than $4 million through the Fund in 2012, and is the leading funder of marriage work nationally.
"We are thrilled to have the support of Freedom to Marry, whose commitment to Rhode Island has been a driving force in the fight to win marriage for all loving, committed couples," said Ray Sullivan, campaign director for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the coalition of organizations leading the campaign to pass a marriage bill in the Ocean State in 2013. "Freedom to Marry has played an integral role in winning marriage for same-sex couples in our neighboring New England states and across the country, and their experience and support will be an invaluable resource for our coalition and the growing majority of Rhode Islanders who support marriage for same-sex couples."