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The American Foundation for Equal Rights is dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for every American.

The Foundation's first project was a federal court challenge to California's Proposition 8, which eliminated marriage rights for same sex couples. Led by attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, two of the nation's most preeminent constitutional lawyers, the suit stated that Proposition 8 creates a class of "second-class citizens" and thereby violates the U.S. Constitution. AFER went on to restore marriage equality in California and win marriage equality in Virginia - the first state in the south to do so - and set binding precedent for North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

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