News Clips

Freedom for All Americans is proud to be working alongside our state and national partners in the fight for LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination. Here, check out recent news stories referencing our work – or our responses to non-discrimination campaigns and more expansive work to educate Americans about who LGBTQ people are. View Freedom for All Americans Press Releases – and get in touch – here.

Campaign Manager Matt McTighe on LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Variety • July 1, 2015 A ruling from the Supreme Court about freedom to marry will affect hundreds of thousands of potential same-sex couples across the nation. But one thing won’t change: Fifty-two percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans will still live in states where they do not receive explicit protections from discrimination in the workplace, housing or public accommodations.

After Supreme Court Decision, What’s Next For Gay Rights Groups?

NPR • July 1, 2015 Matt McTighe is heading up the new campaign. It will use the same strategic playbook with a lot of the same players. The goal is to win federal and state LGBT non-discrimination laws. "We have this great army of really experienced, trained people and now hopefully could deploy them to this next fight," he says.

Evan Wolfson: What’s Next in the Fight for Gay Equality

The New York Times • June 26, 2015 New national efforts like Freedom for All Americans, and statewide initiatives like Texas Wins and Freedom Indiana, are trying to apply the Freedom to Marry model to the nondiscrimination effort, joining civil rights stalwarts such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

North Carolina Okays Opt-Out for Officials Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

The Washington Post • June 11, 2015 Gay rights groups swiftly condemned the measure, which they called mean-spirited and intended to target gays. “We’re a nation of laws, and today the North Carolina legislature is sending a message that discrimination against LGBT people can trump those laws,” Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Freedom for All Americans, a gay rights group, said in a statement.

The Next Gay Rights Battle: Ending Discrimination

• June 5, 2015 “The ability to live openly and to earn a living is so central to every American and certainly every LGBT American,” said Matt McTighe, director of Freedom For All Americans, a new campaign involving many of the same activists and funders who drove the marriage battle. “It’s high time we addressed this from a legislative standpoint.”

Ending discrimination in workplace, other areas is next gay rights battle

Washington Post • June 5, 2015 Gay rights groups anticipating a Supreme Court victory on same-sex marriage later this month already are turning their attention to their next big priority: broad new legal protections against discrimination in the workplace and other parts of society.

Gay Rights Activists Seek to Ride Marriage Momentum

The Hill • May 9, 2015 Having an organization focused on one issue, he said, is how the LGBT community was able to advance gay marriage so quickly. “This being the next big fight, we wanted to harness that momentum and make sure we continue to build on that,” Matt McTighe said.

Gay Marriage Backers to Finance Anti-Discrimination Efforts

New York Times • April 30, 2015 The new effort, Freedom for All Americans — a $5 million-a-year campaign over the next five years — is predicated on the fights around gay marriage, which played out state by state until reaching the Supreme Court in a fight that, advocates hope, will legalize same-sex marriage nationally.

100 Tech Industry Leaders Call for Non-Discrimination Protections

Letter from 100 tech industry leaders • April 22, 2015 "To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone."

Editorial: Gov. Pence, Fix ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Now

Indy Star • April 22, 2015 Editorial: Indiana is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.

Tim Cook: Pro-Discrimination ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws are Dangerous

Washington Post • April 22, 2015 "This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous."

Legal Analysis: Michael Bowers on Georgia’s RFRA

• April 22, 2015 "As an attorney with over 40 years of law practice, a great deal of which has been involved with state government, I find the proposed RFRA troubling."

Letter to Governor Jan Brewer from Arizona Business Coalition

• April 22, 2015 "When the Legislature passes bills like this, it creates a reputation that Arizona is judgmental and unwelcoming. This will haunt our business community for decades to come."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes controversial anti-gay bill, SB 1062

CNN • February 26, 2014 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

CNN: Masen Davis Undeterred by Hate Group Leader

CNN • August 14, 2013 A debate between Masen Davis and Randy Thomasson on California's transgender-inclusive bathroom law for students.