In my Frontiers story on President Obama’s profile-in-courage announcement that he supports marriage equality, I mention and quote attorney Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, who’s been advocating for marriage rights for same sex couples since the early 1990s, often against a tide of naysayers. Yesterday, Wolfson was honored with the Medal of Distinction by Barnard College, along with President Barack Obama. This morning Wolfson told me, via email, what the experience was like:
It was such a joyous day — looking out over these inspiring Barnard women, being presented the Medal of Distinction by a civil rights champion like Judge Judith Kaye who spoke generously of my work and how far we’ve come, sharing the Medal with President Obama the very week he embraced the freedom to marry, and then hearing the waves of cheers and applause first for the freedom to marry and then as the President followed by invoking the arc “from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall” as a call to further action — and happily, my parents, my sister, my brothers, and my husband were all there to share the big day with me. Truly the honor of a lifetime.