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Graphic: 2013 was a historic year for marriage equality
2013 was a historic year for marriage equality. AFER took our case against Prop. 8 to the U.S. Supreme Court. And we won. But our work continues.
Bow ties with a purpose
When you purchase a Tie The Knot bow tie, skinny tie, or cuff links, a portion of the proceeds supports AFER and our federal court case for marriage equality.
Prop. 8 Case Documentary Named Official Selection for Sundance Film Festival
The full-length documentary directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White is one of only 16 documentaries selected for the prestigious film festival in January 2014.
Associated Press profiles couple challenging Virgina’s marriage amendment
Carol Schall was helping her teenage daughter renew her passport when a postal worker filling out the paperwork learned that Schall’s same-sex partner was the girl’s birth mother.“You’re nothing,” Schall recalls the worker saying as she crossed her name off the form. Schall was stunned.
Gay and Lesbian Couples Now Able to Get Married in Hawaii
At the stroke of midnight, Hawaii became the fifteen state where gay and lesbian couples can get married, in addition to Washington, DC.
AFER’s federal case for marriage equality progresses in Virginia
This fall, AFER announced that our marriage equality work is continuing in federal court. Now, our case in Virginia is at a critical juncture.
10 years ago, a historic decision brought marriage equality to Massachusetts
The historic decision, authored by Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, was the final result of a case brought by seven gay and lesbian couples who lived in the state. They were represented by Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders,
Hawaii becomes 16th state with marriage equality
At long last, marriage equality is coming to Hawaii. The state’s legislature just approved marriage equality legislation and Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign it into law.
One year since historic election for marriage equality
One year ago today, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington went to the polls and voted in favor of the freedom to marry, and in Minnesota they voted down an amendment to the state’s constitution.
Illinois Legislature approves marriage equality, bill to be signed by the Governor
The bill now advances to Governor Pat Quinn, a champion of the marriage equality, who plans to sign the bill into law. Illinois is fifteenth state in the nation to recognize marriage equality, the second in two months.