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U.S. Court of Appeals: DOMA Is Unconstitutional
Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit found that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Passed by Congress in 1996, DOMA nullifies the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law.
The Impact of Taking “8” Across the Country
The play “8” began as an idea—an idea that through theater, hearts could be changed, minds could be awakened and new activists could be born.
Video: Colin Powell Supports Marriage Equality & More News
This week on Marriage News Watch: President Obama's leadership on marriage equality is proving to have a major impact, form national organizations and local polling. Anti-equality forces set a record, but it's probably not one they wanted. And DOMA is ruled unconstitutional in a fifth federal case.
National Poll Shows Majority Support for Marriage Equality
Our efforts are working. No less than 13 national polls now show majority support for marriage equality. What can we attribute to the continuing shift? Our leaders setting an example by standing up for what is right and everyday people having conversations with their family and friends about why equality is so important.
NAACP Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality: “More than Symbolic”
In today’s Washington Post, Eugene Robinson heralded the NAACP board of directors’ resolution endorsing marriage equality.
Video: Leaked GOP Memo Supports Gay Marriage
In this week's update: A leaked memo urges an about-face for anti-equality Republicans. A civil unions bill dies in Colorado, for now. But access to marriage expands in Rhode Island, and more new surveys confirm the ever-growing public support for equality
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.”
Ted Olson on Face the Nation
AFER lead co-counsel Ted Olson appeared on Face the Nation to discuss President Obama's endorsement of marriage equality.
Video: What Obama’s Marriage Equality Endorsement Means & More News
In this week's video: Obama endorses marriage equality and we look at what that means for LGBT Americans and for the future. Colorado's civil unions bill looked dead in the water last week, but this week the Governor's found a way to give it one last shot at passing in 2012.
Reactions: AFER’s Leaders in the Media about Obama Marriage Equality Support
President Obama’s announcement yesterday that he supports full marriage equality for gay and lesbian American is nothing less than historic. For the first time, a sitting U.S. President has come out in strong, full support of full equality.