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National Freedom to Marry Day

Celebrate National Freedom to Marry Day! Join us in recognizing the freedom to marry for all couples, and show your support for marriage equality.
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February 12
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National Freedom to Marry Day is an annual celebration of love on Feb. 12! This day celebrates the freedom to marry and recognize couples who have taken the plunge into marriage equality. It's also a time for people everywhere to reflect on how far our society has come in terms of acceptance, understanding, and inclusion when it comes to relationships between two consenting adults regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

History of National Freedom to Marry Day

National Freedom to Marry Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit</div><div class='timeline-text'>Jack Baker and Michael McConnell file the United States' first known lawsuit seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples, but the Supreme Court dismisses their case.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Freedom to Marry Day Founding</div><div class='timeline-text'>Founded by Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization, National Freedom to Marry Day is recognized as a day of celebration for marriage equality.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First State Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage</div><div class='timeline-text'>Massachusetts becomes the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage following a ruling by its Supreme Judicial Court.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Proposition 8 Overturned in California</div><div class='timeline-text'>A federal judge rules that Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, is unconstitutional, allowing same-sex marriages to resume in the state.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Nationwide Marriage Equality</div><div class='timeline-text'>The US Supreme Court issues a historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, granting nationwide marriage equality, ensuring same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Freedom to Marry Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a rally</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local rally or march in support of marriage equality and show your support. You can also look for any organized events or activities that may be happening in your area.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Consider donating to an organization that is fighting for the rights of all people to marry, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a letter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Write a letter to your local representatives expressing your support for marriage equality. You may also consider writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper or magazines about this important issue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share stories of love and commitment with others. This could be done through a blog post, an article in a magazine, or even just talking to friends and family about why marriage equality matters.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize an event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize an event in celebration of National Freedom to Marry Day and invite friends, family, and community leaders to come together and celebrate this important day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Freedom to Marry Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports the right to marry for all</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Freedom to Marry day is a celebration of the right to marriage for all, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It serves as an important reminder that everyone should be able to share in the joys and legal benefits of marriage - not just some.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Everyone deserves love and happiness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Love isn't restricted to certain groups or individuals - it's something that every person has the right to experience. National Freedom to Marry day gives us the opportunity to come together and express our support for those who haven't yet been given the same freedoms that many of us take for granted.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes inclusivity and acceptance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By celebrating National Freedom to Marry Day, we are sending a clear message that love is for everyone. This special day helps to promote a culture of inclusion, understanding, and respect among people from all walks of life.</p></div></div>

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When is National Freedom to Marry Day?

National Freedom to Marry Day is celebrated on February 12 every year. In 2024 National Freedom to Marry Day will occur on a Monday.

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