Molly McKay Williams


The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage

Ep. 42 - In this episode of Trailblazers Impact Podcast, Nan McKay speaks with her daughter Molly McKay Williams, former National Media Director of Marriage Equality USA, about her life in LGBTQ marriage equality activism. Molly dedicated 15 years of her life advocating for LGBTQ marriage equality across all genders with national and international recognition. She shares how she became passionate about fighting for LGBTQ marriage equality after she and her ex-wife repeatedly sought a state marriage license from their local city hall to highlight the unfair governmental discrimination. She also shares the challenges she and other same-sex couples faced during her time as the media director for marriage equality including discrimination and social exclusion.

Listen in to learn the importance of having marriage equality that brings forth familial connections and overall benefits to all couples and hear the end of the story.

Top Takeaways:

    • Finding the voice to tell marital discrimination stories to the world.
    • The power of creating family connections through meaningful conversations.
    • The honor of receiving an award that represented same-sex couples' struggle of passing the equality agenda.
    • Creating marriage equality stories that reached across the globe.
    • Understanding the challenges in the journey and what the road ahead looks like for marriage equality.

Key Moments:

Molly describes her childhood and the influence her mother Nan McKay had in her becoming the woman she is. [1:44]
Why she chose a career in law instead of going into the family business. [3:46]
She shares when she became passionate about telling same-sex couples' stories. [5:03]
How Molly and her all-volunteer organization made a difference by creating meaningful conversations that led to reconnected families. [11:08]
The honor of being the grand marshal of the gay pride parade in San Francisco. [17:20]
Influencing across the globe. [24:00]
Molly shares an emotional story of Marvin Bruce and how it changed for the better when equality was realized. [25:00]
The challenges they faced in their journey and why she believes that things might roll back to how they were before. [30:40]
Why we need to live out to the promises we have in the constitution by always exercising equality. [32:59]
Molly talks about her divorce and finding love again in an unexpected package. {35:25]
She shares the joy of being a mom. [40:37]

Wikipedia Molly McKay
California Lawyer Article
Scrapbook on Marriage Equality
Molly McKay Interview
Balif Interview
Bridge Walk Interview
DOMA Rally
Public Access
Meet in the Middle
Molly McKay Sings
Stay Decision
Prop 8 Federal Trial

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