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Hughes, Chris (b. 1983), and Sean Eldridge (b. 1986)  
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In his capacity as Political Director of Freedom to Marry, Eldridge participated in the events that culminated in the victory of June 24, 2011, when the New York Senate voted in favor of marriage equality and Governor Andrew Cuomo soon after signed the bill into a law that became effective on July 24.

After leaving his position as Political Director of Freedom to Marry, Eldridge founded Protect Our Democracy, an advocacy group based in Garrison that seeks campaign finance reform. He also established Hudson River Ventures, an investment firm.

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In March 2012, Hughes announced that he had acquired a majority stake in in The New Republic and would become the liberal journal's publisher and editor-in-chief.

He said that his motive in purchasing the journal was his interest in "the future of high-quality long-form journalism" and by an instinct that such journalism was a natural fit for tablet computers like the iPad. He said he would "expand the amount of rigorous reporting and solid analysis" that the magazine produces and that, while he does not intend to end the printed publication, he expects that "five to 10 years from now, if not sooner, the vast majority of The New Republic readers are likely to be reading it on a tablet."

Hughes and Eldridge were wed on June 30, 2012 at their home in Garrison, New York. The ceremony was followed by a reception that evening in New York City.

Linda Rapp

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    Entry Title: Hughes, Chris , and Sean Eldridge  
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