The train heading toward marriage equality is showing no signs of stopping and it appears that conservatives—specifically young conservatives—don’t want to be left in the dust!
Today, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, is launching Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, a new campaign that will highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young people across America who identify as conservative. The campaign launch will take place at a kickoff event in Washington, D.C.
More after the jump.
Members of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry want to spread the message that supporting the freedom to marry "fulfills basic conservative values of responsibility and community, as well as limited government and individual freedom." They also want to make it clear that marriage equality shouldn't be a partisan issue.
According to Freedom To Marry's press release, the group "will work to encourage more conservatives to stand up, speak out and support the freedom to marry by joining and adding new perspectives and experiences to the national conversation about marriage. They will work to end laws in the states that bar same-sex couples from marriage, as well as to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act."
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is speaking at the launch event and is a Republican co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act says, "The right for individuals to lead their lives without government intrusion is a bedrock conservative principle and it is much more than just about sexual orientation. It is about the fundamental rights we all share as Americans, it is about equality for all with no exceptions."
Members of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee, like Craig Stowell, a Marine and an Iraq war vet, will discuss their support for the freedom to marry.
Stowell says, "As a conservative, I find efforts to exclude same-sex couples from marriage to be both wrong and completely off-task. I take freedom seriously and want my best friend and brother, who is gay, to have the same freedom as everyone else to marry the person he loves. I hope Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will inspire other conservatives to do what is right and support loving and committed same-sex couples' freedom to marry."
Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director says, "The center of political gravity has shifted for good. The freedom to marry is fast becoming a bipartisan value embraced by all Americans who believe that love and commitment deserve support and protection. Freedom to Marry applauds this group of young conservatives for standing up to make the case."
Excited for this new set of champions for our cause, Instincters??