Stories

Freedom to Marry interviewed and featured the stories of hundreds of same-sex couples from every single state in the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Through these stories, we were able to demonstrate the urgent, tangible need for the freedom to marry and demonstrate the broad diversity of Americans impacted by this discrimination, allowing every demographic of American to connect with the fight for marriage.

  • A Love Story 2 Decades In the Making

    Tammy Boyd & Kim Franklin • Louisville, KY

    Kim and Tammy were plaintiffs in the case that brought the freedom to marry to Kentucky – and ultimately nationwide, as the case was reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and decided in July 2015.

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  • Fighting for Respect for 3 Decades of Love

    Michael DeLeon & Greg Bourke • Louisville, KY

    The way that Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon see it, their 32 years together have been divided into three lives - their years of traveling together as a newly together couple, the time they spent building their family and raising their two children, and the not-so-distant future where their children will be grown and the two of them will be on their own again.

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  • Building a Family of Dreams in KY

    Paul Campion & Randy Johnson • Louisville, KY

    Paul Campion and Randy Johnson have had a lot of practice when it comes to setting a positive example and standing up for what they believe in: As adoptive fathers of four beautiful children, Randy and Paul have tried to encourage their kids to speak up for themselves and work toward a better world.

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  • The First Same-Sex Couple to Wed in KS

    Kelli & Angela • Johnson County, KS

    Friday, October 10 was a whirlwind day for Kelli and Angela. Right after 8 am, they received a marriage license in Johnson County, Kansas, marking a historic milestone as one of the first same-sex couples to wed in Kansas.

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  • Texas Military Couple Gives Back

    Erin & Samantha Kish • Austin, Texas

    Last year, Samantha Kish knew she was ready to take the next step with the love of her life, Erin.

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  • A Full House Built On Love

    Nette & Jasmine Archangel • Ruston, LA

    Nette’s birthday three years ago was a very special one – but not because she was the one being surprised.

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  • Crossing the Road for Rights

    Danielle & Jennifer Hounshell • Johnson City, TN

    In the heart of two small twin cities, straddling the primary road, State Street, a sign triumphantly declares, "Bristol: A Good Place to Live."

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  • Holding Onto Their Dreams In Michigan

    Howayda & Erene Hatzistamatis • Macomb, MI

    It was January of this year, and Howayda and Erene were planning to leave the cold in Michigan to go on a cruise for Howayda’s birthday.

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  • The One I Hoped to Find

    Jo & Lindi Barney • Salt Lake City, UT

    It was the middle of the afternoon on Friday, December 20, and Jo and Lindi Barney were in the process of getting their family ready for a pajama party.

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  • Military Couple Fights Against DOMA While Battling Cancer

    Karen Morgan & Charlie Morgan • New Hampshire

    Yesterday, Karen Morgan, the widow of Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, was finally able to get her military spouse ID card.

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