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President Obama Announces Support for Marriage Equality


Ted Olson, David Boies, and Chad Griffin: Today is a proud day for all Americans

Los Angeles, CA – Today, in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, President Barack Obama announced his support for marriage equality.

“Today is a proud day for all Americans,” said AFER lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson.  “The bedrock American principles of freedom and human dignity are central to the political and legal convictions of Republicans, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives alike.  President Obama’s words remind us that marriage and equality are universal values that unite us all.  They remind us that we are all—as a People and a Nation—striving to form a more perfect Union.”

“Today is a great day for the American people as we move one very important step closer toward fulfilling our nation’s founding promise of equality for all,” said AFER lead co-counsel David Boies.  “President Obama has earned yet another place in history for being the first president to support full equality for gay and lesbian Americans.”

“President Obama’s words today will be celebrated by generations to come,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin.  “For the millions of young gay and lesbian Americans across this nation, their President’s words provide genuine hope that they will be the first generation to grow up with the freedom to fully pursue the American dream.  Marriage—the promise of love, companionship, and family—is basic to the pursuit of that dream.  Our Constitution’s promise, the promise of liberty, is one that every generation must realize.  As President Obama recognized today, the fight to secure marriage equality is the defining element of our generation’s search for greater freedom.”

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About the American Foundation for Equal Rights

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the sole sponsor of Perry v. Brown, the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.  After bringing together bipartisan attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies to lead its legal team, AFER successfully advanced the Perry case through Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Perry case has the distinction of being the first federal freedom to marry lawsuit in American history.  The Foundation is committed to achieving full federal marriage equality.