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WASHINGTON, DC - AFM announced today that a major civil rights organization has joined the Alliance for Marriage.  This development marks another breakthrough in the continued progress of AFM's efforts to build a movement that embodies the true depth and breadth of support for marriage in America. 

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) is one of the "Big Four" civil rights groups in the United States. From the protests against "Jim Crow" laws of the 40's; to the "Sit-ins" of the 50's and the "Freedom Rides" of the 60's; to the struggle for community development in the 90's, CORE has been a consistent national voice on behalf of true equality for all Americans.

It was three young CORE workers (two white and one African-American) who were slain by the Klu Klux Klan -- working with local sheriffs deputies -- on June 21, 1964 after investigating a church burning in Neshoba County, Mississippi.  For many Americans, this notorious crime -- made famous in the movie Mississippi Burning -- came to epitomize the brutal violence upholding the system of racial segregation in the South. 

The Alliance for Marriage is a non-partisan coalition whose Board of Advisors includes Rev. Walter Fauntroy -- the DC Coordinator for the March on Washington for Martin Luther King Jr. -- as well as other civil rights leaders, religious leaders and national legal experts.

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