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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.

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...

WATCH: Recount Prop 8's Road To The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices

The Supreme Court failed to release any rulings on the marriage equality cases -- Defense Of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 -- today (the next day the...

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

Matt Baume | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

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Video: Inside Look at AFER Team Bringing Prop 8 Case to Supreme Court

Matt Baume | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

As the Prop 8 case finally reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday, AFER took a camera crew along to document all the behind-the-scenes excitement. The result: an exclusive inside look as the Prop 8 plaintiffs, attorneys, and board finally reached the Supreme Court.

WATCH: How AFER Fights For Marriage Equality

Matt Baume | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

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New Plays Join the Fight for Equal Rights

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 08.06.2012 | San Francisco
Lauren Gunderson

"The phrase Marriage Equality has become a political talking point for liberals and conservatives alike. The goal with the Marriage Equality Plays is to share a human side of a polarizing political issue."

George Clooney, Jane Lynch Join 'Milk' Screenwriter's Gay Marriage Play

Posted 01.18.2012 | Home

"Milk" and "J. Edgar" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's gay marriage play "8" will feature an star-studded cast for its March premiere in Los Angeles....

Elise Foley

Fighting Prop 8: Lawyers Ask Courts To Lift Order Stopping Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the Obama administration's decision Wednesday to cease its legal defense of a federal ban on gay marriage, gay-rights adv...

To Sir With Love: Elton John Still Standing Tall Against Proposition 8

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Thank you Sir Elton and the American Foundation for Equal Rights -- as Elton sang so beautifully last night, "how wonderful life is when you're in the world."

Prop 8 Trial Advisory: Watch at LA City Hall, LA Gay and Lesbian Center, C-SPAN, Online

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

It could all end Monday. All the angst, all the rage and heartbreak - the second class citizenship made official by California voters who stripped sam...

Countering NOM's Missive on Prop 8 Judge Walker With the Facts

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

If Walker's sexual orientation is an issue in him deciding an LGBT-related case, well then, what about a straight judge who's been divorced judging a case involving marital relations?

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.