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Freedom to Marry Week approaches

NEW YORK _ The countdown to the 13th annual Freedom to Marry Week has begun.

The nationwide event will take place Feb. 8 through Feb. 14.

Freedom to Marry is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that creates gay and non-gay partnerships to work towards winning marriage equality nationwide. They encourage dialogue focused on ending discrimination in marriage, support state and local efforts, and promote fairness for all families, including same-sex couples and the children raised by gay parents.

“Every year, right around President Lincoln's birthday and Valentine's Day, symbolizing equality and love, supporters of the freedom to marry take action and promote conversations about why marriage matters to American families, gay and non-gay alike," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry.

This year, along with partner organizations such as Lambda Legal, Freedom to Marry will engage the American public from coast to coast via dozens of rallies, house parties, film screenings and lobbying days.

Film screenings in several states will feature Drew Emrey’s award-winning film, Inlaws and OUTLAWS.

Inlaws & Outlaws cleverly weaves together the true stories of couples and singles — gay and straight — and all into a collective narrative that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. At the top of the film, you meet real people one-on-one. You don’t know who’s gay or straight or who’s with whom. As their stories unfold and stereotypes fall by the wayside, you won’t care because you’ll be rooting for everybody.

Emrey’s film is a sample of the many ways in which Freedom to Marry organizers hope to spread their message of equality.