Freedom to Marry, the marriage equality group that helped Minnesota gain marriage for same-sex couples, has hired Minnesotans United for All Families’ Richard Carlbom to direct state battles through 2016. The group is putting $3 million behind state campaigns this year.
Freedom to Marry is targeting Oregon with $250,000 where efforts are being made to repeal the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
In addition to Oregon, for 2014 the group is targeting Illinois, Hawaii, and New Jersey. For 2016, Freedom to Marry will be targeting “some mix of” Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia (The ACLU also announced Tuesday that it was filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina to overturn marriage bans).
“Richard’s wealth of experience and expertise will enable Freedom to Marry to continue to lead and accelerate the work required to win marriage nationwide,” Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry’s national campaign director, said in a statement. “The groundbreaking campaign Richard led in Minnesota was a model of strategy, drive, and mobilization – exactly what we’ll need to win the next waves of states.”