American Foundation for Equal Rights

About Us

Since its founding in 2009, the American Foundation for Equal Rights has fought for full federal marriage equality for all Americans.

As the sole sponsor of the federal constitutional challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and Virginia’s discriminatory Marriage Amendment, AFER brought together bipartisan attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies to fight for the fundamental right to marry for gay and lesbian Americans. In 2013, AFER secured a victory at the United States Supreme Court that restored marriage equality to our nation’s most populous state, California.  One year later, AFER’s decisive victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit brought marriage equality to the first southern state in the nation, Virginia, and set binding precedent for the freedom to marry in North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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