Freedom to Marry Founder Evan Wolfson Discusses Same-Sex Marriage Abroad

A Wider Bridge 2017 LGBTQ Leadership Mission alumnus, Evan Wolfson, recently attended a conference in Costa Rica that focused on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Latin America. He says efforts to advance anti-LGBT religious freedom measures and litigation are “nothing new.”

“It’s part of the classic pattern of civil rights advances in American history,” Evan Wolfson told the Washington Blade on Nov. 10 during an interview in the Costa Rican capital of San José. “The opponents of equality and inclusion try to block civil rights advances and when they then fail to block it, they try to subvert it and they often try to subvert it using this tactic of so-called religious freedom. This is nothing new.”

“Gay people are not the first people to experience this,” he added. “Trans people are not the first people to experience this. We still see it right now with women in an effort to erode access to reproductive rights in health care.”

Evan Wolfson was the founder of Freedom to Marry, a strategic hub for the national equality battle in America that ultimately won in 2015.

Since winding down Freedom to Marry following the success of the strategy and victory in the Supreme Court, Evan has dedicated most of his time to responding to requests for advice and assistance from other movements, causes, and countries eager to adapt the lessons and share inspiration from the successful Freedom to Marry campaign.

In 2017, Wolfson traveled to Israel with the 2017 A Wider Bridge Mission and met with organizations and advocates working to establish civil marriage for both gay and non-gay couples.

He will be honored along with Arthur Slepian at A Wider Benefit on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, in New York City.

 

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