American Foundation for Equal Rights

Judge Rules “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy unconstitutional

For Immediate Release / October 12, 2010

Contact: Yusef Robb /, 323-384-1789

Statement from Chad Griffin, Board President, American Foundation for Equal Rights:

“This ruling is another signal from our courts that the Constitution’s mandate of equality under the law must be applied to every American, as our nation’s Founders intended. Tragically, until every instance of state-sanctioned discrimination is struck down, we will continue to see its horrific effects, particularly on our young people.”

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the sole sponsor of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case. After bringing together Theodore Olson and David Boies to lead its legal team, the Foundation successfully advanced the Perry case through Federal District Court and is now leading it through the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals before the case is brought to the United States Supreme Court.

The plaintiffs in the case are two couples — Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo — who wish to marry but cannot because of Proposition 8.

For complete information about the case, including court documents, photographs, video and more, visit