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August 2012

Take Action: Protect LGBT Youth from Dangerous Psychological Abuse
No youth should be told they are less than, or that they are not deserving of living a happy life. Urge Gov. Jerry Brown to sign new legislation that would ban the practice of so-called “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy for minors.
Reuters: Newly Married Gay Couples Face Tax Landmines
The so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” created a legal quagmire for legally married gay and lesbian Americans. Reuters delves into one tangible burden: the complexity and disadvantages of filing taxes.
Plaintiffs Challenging Prop. 8 Urge Supreme Court to End Marriage Inequality
Today, AFER's attorneys filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court defending the landmark federal appeals court ruling that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
Traditional Values: Ryan and Danny’s Love Story
When it comes to the loving relationship of Ryan Bunson and Danny Fernandez of San Francisco, there is nothing non-traditional about this couple.
“8″ Spotlight: Marriage Equality Play Comes to Houston
“8” was created on the belief that theater has the power to transform people’s minds on the issue of marriage equality. If everyone could just see what happened in that federal courtroom two years ago, minds would be opened, truth would continue to spread, and public support would build.
WATCH: Conflict Over Marriage in Democratic Party Platform & More News
There's disagreement over marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, with some party members resisting the move.
Testimony: Real Life Consequences
At the core of the 2010 Federal District Court trial of Prop. 8 was not only the expert testimony from the world’s leading authorities in history, economics, and social sciences, but also the moving stories of AFER’s plaintiffs, Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo and Kris Perry & Sandy Stier.
Two Decades in North Carolina: Diana and MaryAnn’s Love Story
They met at a friend’s birthday party. Little did they know at the time, but 25 years later Diana Travis and MaryAnn Mueller would still be sharing their lives together on seven acres of land in Charlotte, North Carolina.
AFER Plaintiffs Attend Oregon Shakespeare Festival Reading of “8”
By the end of next year, over 200 actresses including Tony and Emmy-nominees Christine Lahti, Ellen Barkin and Jamie Lee Curtis, high school seniors, and theater professors will have portrayed the couple.
Video: Marriage Equality at the Democratic National Convention & More News
In this week's episode of Marriage News Watch: Marriage equality is poised to take center stage at the Democratic National Convention in September. And what's next after a setback for marriage in Hawaii?