August 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
Freedom to Marry invests $3 million in campaigns
Freedom to Marry, gay news, Washington Blade

Freedom to Marry opted out of the Maryland marriage ballot battle earlier this year. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

NEW YORK —Freedom to Marry announced this week that its investment in three statewide ballot battles for same-sex marriage has topped $3 million.

With its most recent $500,000 donation to ballot campaigns advocating for same-sex couples in Maine, Minnesota and Washington, Freedom to Marry says it has reached its initial 2012 goal, and says it will now work to assist in raising an additional $10 million needed by the three campaigns.

Earlier this year, the Washington Blade reported that Freedom to Marry would not be involved in the effort to fight a ballot initiative attacking the new same-sex marriage law in Maryland this year, citing negative polling numbers. More recent polls show majority support for retaining the Maryland law. The group also confronted criticism for its lack of involvement in a ballot battle in North Carolina earlier this year that was lost by advocates against constitutionally barring same-sex marriage.


  • Freedom to Marry needs to invest in Maryland.

  • I was against the effort in MD to get marriage passed this year. It would have made much more sense to pass civil unions, which would have been approved overwhelmingly and would not have triggered a referendum effort, and then to have gone for marriage in a few years. But now that marriage has passed, I cannot fathom why FTM will not help MD. The poll numbers in MD are better than they are in MN. And those numbers – even in the least favorable polls taken to date – show a win to be an obtainable goal.

    On what possible basis can FTM raise $3 million and then shoot for another $10 million without giving any to help a state whose legislature has already passed marriage equality? Especially when MN and WA are doing so much better than expected in fundraising. MN has surpassed $6 million (counting last year and this year) and WA is closing in on $6 million, following their receipt of the Bezos contribution. To say that these 2 states can’t do with just a little less so that MD can get just a little assistance is short-sighted and wrong. I wonder if Paul Singer and the other large donors who are routing their giving through FTM are on board with this approach.

  • I wrote to Freedom to Marry a few weeks ago just after receiving a request for a donation. I told them I would never give them money for throwing Maryland to the anti-LGBT wolves. The response I got was, “Oh we didn’t abandon Maryland, we’re just getting started. Do you want to do some organizing for us.” When I stopped choking on my dinner. I deleted the email. If they were serious why do we want their help? I will never give them a penny.

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