The Human Rights Campaign on Feb. 4 announced a "Communications War Room for Americans for Marriage Equality," which is a coalition to advance marriage equality nationwide and provide up-to-the-minute information for lawmakers, legal experts, media and grassroots supporters.
An announcement this morning said Americans for Marriage Equality would serve as a national platform for sharing the latest information and tools and provide access to a "full-time, bipartisan war room staff."
The effort will be run out of HRC's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., by Democratic and Republican strategists Olivia Alair of SKDKnickerbocker and Brian Jones of Black Rock Group.
In the coming weeks, HRC said the campaign would launch a morning tipsheet with marriage equality news and developments in state-level legislation, ballot measures and court cases.
Also, the coalition will showcase marriage equality supporters and a new website will serve as a hub for news, polling and other resources.
The coalition also plans to begin hosting events and opportunities for partners and media to learn more about the status of current legislative and judicial efforts underway in states around the nation.
“Our nation is at a turning point, and while a growing bipartisan majority of Americans believe that everyone should be able to marry the person they love, we still have crucial battles ahead to ensure marriage equality becomes the law of the land in all 50 states,” stated HRC president Chad Griffin. “That’s why we are launching a new communications operation to promote marriage equality: to lift up every voice and every ally in this fight and show that the country is ready for marriage. HRC will bring the best minds from across the nation together and provide every resource we can to end discrimination against loving gay couples once and for all. We will also launch resources to help keep lawmakers, legal experts, and news media informed about developments across the nation.”
On Feb. 3 in federal court in Madison, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin filed a marriage equality lawsuit on behalf of four same-sex couples. Three of the couples are seeking the freedom to marry in the state and the fourth wants the state to recognize their marriage from Minnesota.