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Issue 1 | For Richer, For Poorer
By Evan Wolfson Published Aug. 13, 2004 10:17 p.m.

'Marriage is a basic human right.' The director of Freedom to Marry, gives a fresh legal perspective on same-sex marriages and civil rights. Wolfson, a veteran trial lawyer for landmark same-sex marriage cases, uses the legal advantages and disadvantages of marriage - heterosexual or otherwise - to highlight the importance of law and economics in civil unions. With the Federal Marriage Amendment in our not-so-distant past, find out exactly what benefits same-sex couples are denied.

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About Evan Wolfson | Evan Wolfson is Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Before founding Freedom to Marry, Evan served as marriage project director for Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, was co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case, and participated in numerous gay rights and HIV/AIDS cases. Citing his national leadership on marriage equality and his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, the National Law Journal in 2000 named Evan one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." In 2004, Evan was named one of the "Time 100," Time magazine's list of "the 100 most influential people in the world."



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