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Schall and Townley

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

Saturday, November 30, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Secret anti-gays unmasked, then re-masked; defending DOMA costing taxpayers

Monday, October 24, 2011
It's been a crazy week, with secret anti-gay activists unmasked and then re-masked in Washington state. A Maryland football player is our new best friend, DOMA continues to crumble but not before costing taxpayers $520 per hour. And why is Australia's Prime Minister resisting a marriage equality measure that would increase public support for her party? [ Read more → ]
James Ware

Federal judge orders release of Proposition 8 trial recordings

Monday, September 19, 2011
U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Ware on Monday ordered the release of the video and audio tapes of the Proposition 8 trial. In his 16-page ruling, Ware cited the need to preserve the integrity of the federal judiciary and stated that he saw no compelling reason keeping the tapes under seal. [ Read more → ]
Judge James Ware

Federal judge rejects motion to vacate ruling because Prop 8 trial judge is gay

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker was not obligated to disqualify himself from from hearing the case because he is gay and in a long-term relationship with another man, another federal judge ruled on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Ted Boutrous

Legal experts weigh in on hearing, Prop 8 proponent’s motion to vacate ruling

Monday, June 13, 2011
Supporters of California’s Proposition 8 were back in court on Monday, seeking to have the ruling voided because the federal judge that presided over the case is gay, and did not disclose he was in a long-term, same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]

9th Circuit panel refuses to lift stay in Proposition 8 case

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals panel hearing the Proposition 8 case on Wednesday denied a request by plaintiffs to lift the stay on the lower court’s ruling in their favor. Had the three-judge panel granted the request, same-sex couples in California would... [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson

Attorneys file final brief asking appeals court to lift stay on Prop 8 ruling

Saturday, March 19, 2011
The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and its legal team filed a reply brief on Thursday, supporting a motion in the Ninth Circuit asking that the Court immediately lift an order preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in California. [ Read more → ]
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