Saying “I do” to marriage equality
Soulforce, with the support of Empire State Pride Agenda and Vassar College’s ACTOUT!, kicked off the Right to Marry campaign in 2007 in New York State with thirty five students and young activists from across the country. In 2008, the four Soulforce young adult staff returned to New York State for a month long program of engaging local communities & on-the-ground young adult activists and organizers.
The Right to Marry Campaign expands
In 2008, the Right to Marry campaign expanded to Arizona where it has been going strong every year led by 2006 Equality Ride alum Meg Sneed. Our work in Arizona uses the framework of pilgrimage for its outreach. In the inaugural walk, participants walked 96 miles throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area: one mile for every year Arizona had been a state without full legal recognition of its LGBT citizens. Each year stopped at churches, political meetings, and city manager offices to have a conversation about Proposition 102, the Arizona “defense of marriage” legislation, and a larger discussion about our lives and values.