American Foundation for Equal Rights

Back to Blog >

Leaders Who Support Marriage Equality

Attorneys general stop defending marriage bans for gay and lesbian couples
Top law enforcement officials across the nation are refusing to defend in court marriage bans for gay and lesbian couples.
Colorado Governor Shows Support for Marriage Equality
Gov. Hickenlooper’s support was echoed by both Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Congressmembers Jared Polis, Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter as part of the launch of “Why Marriage Matters Colorado."
Justice Department expands recognition of married gay couples
Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo that details expanded recognition for married gay and lesbian couples, regardless of where they live. As long a couple is legally married in a country, state or city with marriage equality, the Justice Department will treat them as legally married.
Virginia Attorney General joins AFER’s marriage case in federal court
The newly elected attorney general of Virginia, Mark Herring, just announced that he will not defend the state’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. He just filed a brief with the court and officially joined AFER’s side of the case.
Missouri to recognize married gay and lesbian couples for tax returns
Thursday Governor Jay Nixon, a conservative Democrat, issued an executive order to allow legally married gay couples to file joint state tax returns if they also file jointly for their federal taxes.
Janet Napolitano Voices Support for Marriage Equality
Appearing on Meet the Press this Sunday, former Department of Homeland Security secretary and newly installed president of the University of California system Janet Napolitano voiced her support for marriage equality.
Biden on Marriage Equality
Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support for marriage equality at Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) annual steak-fry fundraiser on Sunday.
John Bolton Expresses Support for Marriage Equality
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton has joined other prominent Republicans in expressing his support for marriage equality.
Star Witness for Prop. 8 Says Why He Now Supports Marriage Equality
At one point, David Blankenhorn was one of the most vocal opponents of marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Now he is making the case for marriage equality and why supporting gay and lesbian Americans is the right thing.
Rhode Island Becomes Tenth State with Marriage Equality
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (Independent) has signed a bill recognizing the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. The Ocean State will join nine other states and the nation’s capital with marriage equality