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46th Anniversary of Loving
Mildred and Richard Loving’s lawsuit, which was decided 46 years ago today, has become an important precedent for today’s fight for marriage equality.
One Year Anniversary of Ninth Circuit Finding Prop. 8 Unconstitutional
Hard to believe, but an entire year has gone by since the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. In the intervening months, we've kept busy preparing for a showdown before the Supreme Court, and now at last we're just days away from oral argument.
Finding of Fact No. 52: Domestic Partnerships Lack the Social Meaning Associated with Marriage
80 findings of fact in 2010 federal District Court decision in the Perry case speak to the nature of marriage and discrimination of gay and lesbian Americans. Here is one of them.
3 Reasons for Marriage Equality
AFER’s case challenging Prop. 8 is founded on three basic points. Find out what they are and why gay and lesbian Americans should be able to marry the person they love.
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.
Testimony: Marriage is a Basic Civil Right
We talk often about how marriage is a civil right, affirmed by 14 Supreme Court cases dating back to 1888. But marriage also holds specific significance throughout American history.
14 Supreme Court Cases: Marriage is a Fundamental Right
Fourteen times since 1888, the United States Supreme Court has stated that marriage is a fundamental right of all individuals. Learn about these cases.
Lawrence v. Texas: An Important Precedent for Marriage Equality
Today marks the ninth anniversary of a watershed moment in American constitutional history, one which set the stage for our effort to secure the freedom to marry for every American.
45th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, a Case for Marriage Equality
Tuesday marks the 45th anniversary of the case that overturned states' bans on interracial marriage, a landmark decision that set the stage for today's quest for marriage equality. AFER lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies talk about how the case's legacy on marriage equality for gay and lesbian Americans.
Romer v. Evans: The Constitution “neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens”
Today marks a milestone in American constitutional history. On May 20, 1996, the United States Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed, for the first time, that gay and lesbian Americans cannot be treated as “unequal to everyone else.”