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Marriage News Blog

Double Your Donation and Help Win Full Marriage Equality

A special message from Dustin Lance Black, AFER board member

“The civil rights case of a generation”

“Court’s decision on Prop. 8 could affect gay marriage laws across the nation”

“Advocates look for gay equality by Independence Day”

These are just a few of the incredible headlines from last week’s announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court that it will hear AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 and a case brought by the ACLU challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

AFER is making the case for full federal marriage equality.  We can win, but we need your help.

Donate today to help us reach our $50,000 goal and our friend, Yeardley Smith, will double it.

Marriage is a fundamental freedom and it’s time our government ended its deplorable practice of discriminating against gay and lesbian Americans.Now, the nation’s highest court is hearing our case.

Here’s what to expect:

  • By April 2013, AFER’s legal team, led by distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies, will submit written briefs and present oral arguments before Court.  They will show the Justices that Proposition 8 denies gay and lesbian Americans their fundamental right to marry and the right to be treated with equal dignity and respect under the law.  Separately, representatives from the ACLU will argue that DOMA is unconstitutional because it treats legally married gay and lesbian couples as second-class citizens.
  • By the end of June 2013, the Justices will likely issue their decision in both cases.

Help us reach our $50,000 goal to win full federal marriage equality. We’re already halfway there.  To get us all the way, our good friend Yeardley Smith will match all donations moving forward until we hit our target.

The anti-marriage proponents of Prop. 8 lost in Federal District Court and at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals because laws like Prop. 8 are unfair, unlawful and contrary to basic American values.

When you look at the facts and the law, there is only one just conclusion you can make: full equality under the law. Nothing less.

Please, help us reach our year-end goal by making a tax-deductible donation today.