American Foundation for Equal Rights

San Jose Mercury: Supreme Court ends California ban on gay marriage but fight remains

San Jose Mercury News profiles our work for marriage equality, and highlights our spectacular plaintiffs and stellar legal team:

A Los-Angeles-based organization, backed by civil rights activists and Hollywood types such as director Rob Reiner, moved in early 2009 to overturn Proposition 8. Suing in San Francisco federal court on behalf of two same-sex couples, including Berkeley’s Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier, the group argued that California’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional because gay and lesbian couples are denied the same marriage rights offered to heterosexual couples.

Perry and Stier said Wednesday they were “elated” by the ruling and look forward to getting married once the legal case is over, although they expressed hope gay marriage rights would be extended to couples nationwide eventually. The legal challenge set up an unprecedented test of a state’s right to outlaw gay marriage, crafted by an unlikely powerhouse duo of famed trial lawyer David Boies and Theodore Olson, the conservative former U.S. Solicitor General during the Bush administration. Bodies and Olson had squared off against each other in Bush v. Gore, but teamed up to force the U.S. Supreme Court to eventually tackle the gay marriage issue.

For more, our press release here.