Leading groups unveil United for Marriage to help state campaigns find volunteers

With ballot measures on marriage in four states this November, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund have teamed up to form United for Marriage, a national effort to recruit volunteers for the state campaigns.

The campaign will use two programs to harness the growing support for marriage for same-sex couples nationwide into concrete, on-the-ground action before voters decide on the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington on Nov. 6:

  • Volunteer Vacation, in which volunteers commit a week to one of the state campaigns, is recruiting now.
  • Drive for Marriage, to be unveiled later, will place volunteers in states near them for a weekend.

Jay Cash, the national campaign director for United for Marriage, said:

There’s no doubt in our minds that this year is a turning point. Americans overwhelmingly want to stop shutting same-sex couples out of marriage. We know that the best antidotes to the inevitable anti-gay attacks are real stories about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families. Through this effort, we’ll significantly grow the numbers of people who can tell their stories in these four states.

With support from Travel for Change, the campaign will recruit and screen volunteers, organize housing and travel, and provide online training run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. State campaigns will train volunteers for specific tasks on their arrival.

Cash continued:

Winning at the ballot will take away our opponents’ last talking point, and with sufficient numbers of volunteers we can make it happen. We are putting out the call to supporters, both gay and non-gay, who stand for freedom and equality for all to join us in making the case.

United for Marriage believes 2012 is a crucial chapter in securing marriage for all loving couples, with numerous court and legislative victories in recent years and recent polls showing that a majority of Americans now support the freedom to marry.

See details about United for Marriage and how to participate in the Volunteer Vacation program here.

United for Marriage is a national effort to send out-of-state campaign volunteers to the four states facing marriage-related ballot measures on Nov. 6: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. U4M is funded and coordinated with the resources and staff of Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, and additional support from Travel for Change and state partners nationwide.