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Hi! I'm Evan Wolfson. I'm the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage in the United States, and is widely considered the architect of the movement that led to nationwide victory in 2015.
A longtime advocate for gay rights, in 1983 I wrote my Harvard Law School thesis on gay people and the freedom to marry. During the 1990's, I served as co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case that launched the ongoing global movement for the freedom to marry, and have participated in numerous gay rights and HIV/AIDS cases. Before Harvard, I earned my B.A. in history from Yale College in 1978.
For my work as a gay rights advocate, I was named by the National Law Journal in 2000 as one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America," dubbed the "the godfather of gay marriage" by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and Time Magazine named me one of "the 100 most influential people in the world." In 2012, I received the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama.
Having achieved in 2015 the goal I had pursued for 32 years, I now devote my time to advising and assisting diverse movements and causes in the U.S. and around the world eager to adapt the model and apply the lessons that made the Freedom to Marry campaign so successful. Based in New York City, I was named a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law Center, where I teach law and social change. I was also named Senior Counsel at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, with 125+ offices in 50+ countries.
Some fun facts about me are that I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village in Togo, West Africa, wrote the book, Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry, and that I was honored at the 2012 Barnard College Commencement alongside President Obama, just days after the president announced his support for the freedom to marry.
Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Wednesday, March 22nd at 11am ET.
Long-time civil rights leader Evan Wolfson lives in New York City, where he founded Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, and served as president through its epic victory in June 2015 until its closing in early 2016. Having achieved the goal he had pursued for 32 years, [...]