American Foundation for Equal Rights

Marriage News Blog

Children Deserve Equality Too

Post by Dustin Lance Black, Founding AFER Boardmember

Dillon was born the day before New Year’s Eve amid streamers and noisemakers. For his parents, he is a manifestation of the love they have for one another and the joy of their lives.

But the world Dillon grows up in depends on the events that unfold in 35 days.

Dillon has two moms, Melissa Neufer and Erica Mikesh. Although they declared their love to one another before family and friends in a small commitment ceremony two years ago, they are prevented from marrying in their home state of California because of Prop. 8.

On March 26, AFER’s attorneys, led by distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies, will argue before the United States Supreme Court that children like Dillon are guaranteed the same protections and rights as any other child in America. The fact that he has two mothers should not make him a second-class citizen. His parents should have the freedom to marry, and the right to be treated with equal dignity and respect under the law.

We have the chance to make sure Dillon grows up knowing that his parents are married. Please help AFER’s case for marriage equality at the Supreme Court by making a donation today.

Your tax-deductible gift will support AFER, the organization that was founded to bring the case against Prop. 8, hire the country’s best attorneys to argue it, and create an echo chamber of positive support for the case and marriage equality.

This is our opportunity, right now, to ensure a more just and equal society for children like Dillon. This is our chance to secure the freedom to marry for couples like Melissa and Erica.