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Book ignites media slugfest over history of marriage equality movement

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
To say there’s been a flurry of discussion around the release of a new book Tuesday on the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book, “Forcing the Spring,” by The New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT activists and journalists this week, both publicly and privately.

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Plaintiffs in Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit say minds changing

| Saturday, November 30, 2013
Schall and Townley
Seven years ago, Virginians voted 57 percent to 43 percent to approve the gay marriage ban. But Carol Schall and Mary Townley believe the tide is changing. Their view is supported by a Quinnipiac University poll in July that found that 50 percent of registered Virginia voters support same-sex marriage, while 43 percent oppose it.

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AFER chronicles three years working to overturn Proposition 8

| Saturday, June 15, 2013
With just days left before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has compiled this look back at the last three years of working to overturn California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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AFER offers behind the scenes look at Prop 8′s day at the U.S. Supreme Court

| Saturday, March 30, 2013
The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) offers this behind-the-scenes look at the preparation and planning for it's March 26 argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.

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AFER debunks NOM’s new marriage propaganda video

| Friday, October 26, 2012
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is debunking a new video by the National Organization for Marriage -- entitled "Marriage 101" -- calling it propaganda that includes claims that NOM knows are not true.

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Supreme Court urged to reject Prop 8 appeal, allow marriage equality to resume in California

| Saturday, August 25, 2012
The plaintiffs challenging California’s Proposition 8 on Friday filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the landmark federal appeals court ruling in Perry v. Brown (now Hollingsworth v. Perry) that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

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All-star reading of Prop 8 trial play raises $2 million toward marriage equality fight

| Monday, March 5, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- A star-studded benefit reading of of Dustin Lance Black's play "8," featuring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, raised more than $2 million Saturday night for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), and gave YouTube viewers around the world a rare glimpse into the historic trial of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

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Chad Griffin named president of Human Rights Campaign

| Friday, March 2, 2012
The founder and president of a high-profile California-based LGBT rights group has been named as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign. HRC announced Friday that Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation of Equal Rights, will succeed Joe Solmonese as president.

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Prop 8 News Analysis: ‘We’re eliminating second-class citizenship’

By Ken Williams
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
| Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Not long after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stuck another dagger into California’s discriminatory Proposition 8 law on Tuesday, Olson calmly but firmly spoke about how the court’s decision affirmed that Prop 8 “violated the fundamental human rights” of gay and lesbian Americans.

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Federal appeals court rules Prop 8 trial videotapes to remain sealed

| Thursday, February 2, 2012
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled against the release of the videotapes of the Proposition 8 trial, the federal court challenge of California's 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

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