It’s time for marriage in the South, and a new $1 million campaign launched by Freedom to Marry on Monday hopes to bring marriage equality to 12 southern states, including the Lone Star State.
Southerners for the Freedom to Marry is an effort by Freedom to Marry in partnership with state and regional advocacy agencies, including Equality Texas to help Texas win marriage equality.
There are three federal lawsuits challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. A San Antonio judge is expected to issue a ruling in the coming days on whether he’ll issue a temporary injunction on the ban, which would prohibit state officials from enforcing it.
Texas co-chairs for Southerners for the Freedom to Marry are Mark McKinnon, who was chief media adviser to former President George W. Bush, and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio.
“As a conservative, I don’t believe you or I or the government can tell people who they can love or marry. Freedom means freedom for everyone, not just for some,” McKinnon said in a statement. “The political reality is that the marriage wedge has lost its edge. This train has left the station, and we all need to get on board.”
Among the 22 southern couples featured on the campaign’s website are three Texas couples. Read their love stories here.