Marc Solomon is the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, a non-profit advocacy organization founded in New York City in 2003 that campaigns for the right of same-sex couples to marry in the United States. Solomon is also author of the acclaimed book Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits–and Won (ForeEdge 2014), named a Best Book of 2014 by Slate Magazine. Solomon directs all of Freedom to Marry’s programs to win marriage nationwide, overseeing a staff of more than 30. In thirteen years of work on marriage equality, he has led the campaign to protect marriage in Massachusetts and played leading roles in New York, Illinois, California, Washington, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, and elsewhere. He has initiated programs to make advances with both the Democratic and Republican parties and has led efforts to enlist elected officials and business leaders to the cause. He is a regular media spokesperson on local and national television, radio and in print, and is quoted frequently in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, AP, and elsewhere.
Solomon has an extensive background in advocacy, public policy and media, having served as a policy adviser to Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO) in Washington, D.C. and researcher for Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Solomon, whose political philosophy evolved from right-of-center to progressive, joined the battle for the freedom to marry because he sees marriage as a cultural rite of passage in our society that should not be denied to LGBT people. Although not everyone needs to marry, he believes that “if we could get the government to respect the inherent dignity and equality of gay people as expressed through how the government treats our committed relationships, we’d be fundamentally bettering the lives of LGBT people – both today’s couples and LGBT young people who would have a vision of what their own future could be that offered up more possibilities and hope than my own.”
Solomon has won multiple awards for his work on the cause. Among those, in May 2009, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented Solomon with the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s prestigious Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, given yearly to an individual who espouses FDR’s ideals “with respect to democracy, justice, individual freedoms, and citizenship.” In March of 2013, Boston-based Fenway Health presented Solomon with its Congressman Gerry E. Studds Visibility Award for service and leadership to the LGBT community.
In 1999, the Rockefeller Foundation named Solomon one of 24 of America’s next generation leaders and invited him to participate in its prestigious two-year Next Generation Leadership fellowship program.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Yale and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he lives in New York City