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Next Wave of Marriage Cases Finally Reaches the Supreme Court (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-08-11-ScreenShot20140811at12small.jpgThe Supreme Court generally only hears a small handful of the petitions brought before it. But with so many major marriage rulings in the last year, they are virtually guaranteed to have one or more cases on their docket, with a ruling likely by June 2015.

Ted Olson and David Boies Talk Virginia Gay Marriage Win and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I was invited to join a media conference call immediately following the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' favorable ruling in Virginia's Bostic v. Schaefer marriage-equality case.

Supreme Court Protects Pennsylvania Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-07-14-ScreenShot20140714at5.03.12PMsmall.pngA judge in Colorado has delivered what may be the strongest victory yet for marriage equality, while Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has rejected a challenge to the freedom to marry in Pennsylvania.

Anti-Gay Groups Achieve Colossal Failure in Oregon (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-05-20-ScreenShot20140519at8.16.47PMsmall.pngIt's a vivid sign of the dwindling clout of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM): four major losses in the span of just a few days in Oregon.

Usurping the Podium and Claiming Credit: RuPaul, Chad Griffin and 'Gay Grandiosity Syndrome'

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Some people, and organizations, simply can't help themselves.

Six New Lawsuits in the Last Week Could Complicate Legal Landscape for Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-03-17-AFERlotsalawsuitsvidsmall.pngThis past week might have set a record for the number of marriage-equality lawsuits filed in such a short span of time.

Oregon Attorney General Refuses to Defend Anti-Gay Law (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 04.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-02-25-aferoregonmarriagebanvid.pngThere's a fascinating new trend emerging in the state-by-state litigation over marriage equality: In increasing numbers, governors and attorneys general are announcing that they will no longer support their state's marriage-equality bans.

The Anti-Gay-Marriage Argument That Just Won't Die (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-02-10-AFER2014210vidsmall.pngIt's a mystery why anti-gay lawyers keep using this tactic, since it's failed in one court after another.

As Turmoil Rages in Indiana, Virginia Finally Gets Marriage Hearing (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 04.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-02-03-AFERvid201423small.pngA bill in Indiana that would ban marriage equality saw last-minute changes that could either doom it or hasten its passage, and a hearing in Virginia has gone from "yes" to "maybe" to "yes" to "no" to "yes."

AFER Recaps the Top Marriage Equality Moments of 2013 (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-12-26-AFER2013recapsmall.jpgThe year started with no shortage of uncertainly and doubt: After years of challenging Proposition 8, AFER was about to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that marriage equality is protected by the Constitution.

Major Marriage Announcement by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-09-30-AFERVirginiasmall.pngAFER is joining a preexisting lawsuit brought by two couples in Virginia. Ted Olson and David Boies will assume the role of lead co-counsel and will put forth the same constitutional arguments that were successful in the Prop 8 case.

Marriage Expanding Quickly in New Mexico (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-09-04-Screenshot20130904at5.19.36PM.pngCounty by county, New Mexico is struggling toward marriage equality. At last count, six counties are issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

'It Feels Different': Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, Prop 8 Plaintiffs, Talk Winning, Wedding and What Comes Next

Jacob Combs | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

When I call up Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, they're in the car -- as Katami puts it, "We're running around today." It's all remarkably ordinary in a way, a marked change from the whirlwind June for the two men who, along with another couple, successfully brought Proposition 8 to its knees.

Inside Look: AFER's Prop 8 Victory and the First Weddings (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Here's a backstage peek at history being made: The American Foundation for Equal Rights has released some amazing footage of marriage returning to California. This is a moment in American history that people will study for a long, long time. And we're lucky enough to be watching it as it happens.

Moving Forward Social Causes Through Impact Litigation

Lara Bergthold | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Lara Bergthold

Impact litigation is a suit filed to bring change to the nation when legislatures prove unwilling or unable to act, presenting a chance to change the conversation where ballot measures and bills have hit a wall. It's disruptive, cutting through the noise and the politics and allowing the facts to surface.

Mormon Church Reaffirms Stance on Traditional Marriage

Derrick Shore | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Derrick Shore

The modern LDS Church has repeatedly stated that marriage is between "a man and a woman." This position is curious considering Mormons' infamous history of plural marriage and the struggles they faced because of it.

Exclusive: AFER Prop 8 Players Talk About U.S. Supreme Court Ruling (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I participated in a conference call with the American Foundation for Equal Rights moments after their Supreme Court victory. Speaking on the call are AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer; lead co-counsel David Boies; plaintiffs Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo; and others.

Prop 8 News Highlight Reel: A Beautiful End to a Perfect Week (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

It's hard to sum up just how incredible this week has been: a Supreme Court victory that will be remembered for decades, rallies all over the country, and redoubled determination to attain full federal equality. Here's a montage of some of the best-of-the-best news coverage.

WATCH: Prop 8 Lawsuit Sponsor Slams Chris Christie Over DOMA Reaction

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

On June 26 the United States Supreme Court struck down California's Proposition 8. Fresh off his victory at the Supreme Court, Adam Umhoefer of th...

We Have No Civil Rights Without Voting Rights

Christine Pelosi | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Unless and until Americans speak out with the same fervor for voting rights as we do for civil rights, marriage equality and women's rights, we risk the very gains we celebrate today.

Freedom to Work and the New LGBT Advocacy Paradigm

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.

AFER's Journey to the Day of Decision (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

How did we get here? It's been a long, winding road, starting with the passage of Prop 8 in 2008, and then the stunning announcement that David Boies and Ted Olson were teaming up to fight it, and then one victory after another, but still no resumption of marriage.

12 States Have Marriage Equality... Can We Get to 13? (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Marriage equality is on a winning streak, and it may not be over yet: Illinois may soon join Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota in passing marriage legislation before the start of summer. But time is running out: The Illinois legislature has just until the end of this month to pass its bill.

WATCH: Changes Ahead For Marriage Equality Fight

Matt Baume | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

With victories in Delaware, Rhode Island and Minnesota, the number of states with marriage equality has increased by three in just the last few weeks. Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon and even Nevada are on the horizon, but that's when our momentum may start slowing down.

WATCH: Marriage Wins In Rhode Island! Now Here's What's Next

Matt Baume | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume