National Freedom to Marry Day

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National Freedom to Marry Day
DateFebruary 12
Next time12 February 2020 (2020-02-12)

National Freedom to Marry Day is a non-official United States holiday held annually on February 12 to promote same-sex marriage. The holiday was founded in 1999 by Lambda Legal, a gay rights advocacy law firm based out of Washington, DC.[1]

The most notable National Freedom to Marry Day was February 12, 2004 when, following a directive from San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to his county clerk, the City and County of San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On February 10, Newsom asked the clerk's office to make the changes on the "forms and documents used to apply for and issue marriage licenses…in order to provide [them] on a non –discriminatory basis."[2]

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  1. ^ "No organized celebration for National Freedom to Marry Day". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  2. ^ Cass, Maxine (2006-01-01). It Happened in San Francisco. Globe Pequot. ISBN 9780762738236.

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