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New Study Shows Effect on LGBT Youth of State-Sponsored Discrimination
For his first action as HRC’s new president, AFER co-founder Chad Griffin released a new report quantifying the experiences LGBT youth in America.
AFER in the News: Leaders Discuss Future of the Prop. 8 Case
Yesterday marked a huge turning point in our case for marriage equality. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it will not rehear our case. Here’s a round-up of interviews quoting people involved with AFER’s case for marriage equality in reaction to yesterday’s decision.
Updated: Prop. 8 Case Timeline Graphic
By the end of the year, either the freedom to marry will be restored for gay and lesbian Californians or our federal case for marriage equality will be on its way to the highest court of the nation. Trace the progress of the Perry challenge with this graphic.
Huge Turning Point! Prop. 8 Challenge Enters Its Final Stage
Today marks a monumental turning point in our case for equality. AFER’s federal challenge for marriage equality is now entering its final stage. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided today not to rehear our case. Find out what happens next and what you can do.
Infographic: Status of the Prop. 8 Case
Where is the Prop. 8 case? Check out this infographic to see how far we’ve come and where the case could go next.

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.
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.”
Witness Testimony: Nancy Cott
On the second and third days of trial, Professor Nancy Cott testified about the history of marriage in the United States. Her testimony explained marriage as a secular, public institution that has evolved throughout American history.