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Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry

Evan Wolfson was born on February 4, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York and is a gay rights attorney largely credited with the legal victories that ultimately legalized same-sex marriage.

He attended Yale College and worked in for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he directed the National Freedom to Marry Coalition, a precursor to Freedom to Marry.

When he served as co-counsel in a 1990s marriage equality case in Hawaii, the notion that same-sex couples would be allowed to legally wed was considered fringe. Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in response to the case. Rather than give up, Wolfson founded Freedom to Marry, which organized for years on all levels to advocate for the right to marry.

Appropriately, Wolfson echoed a founding father in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette following the historic Supreme Court ruling. “My message was, same sex marriage was coming. It was my Paul Revere phase, I guess.” Wolfson made good on the promise of equal rights in America.

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