LOS ANGELES — The American Foundation for Equal Rights on Aug. 3 announced it will shut down in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country.
AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer noted to supporters in an email that his organization “returned marriage equality to California” in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s Proposition 8. AFER also represented two same-sex couples in Virginia who successfully challenged the commonwealth’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
“We saw Americans nationwide stand up to support equal marriage,” wrote Umhoefer.
Freedom to Marry also plans to close in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell case. Decreased funding after Maryland voters upheld their state’s same-sex marriage law and a transgender rights statute took effect has forced Equality Maryland to curtail operations.
Umhoefer in his email urged AFER supporters to support the Human Rights Campaign and its efforts in support of a federal anti-LGBT discrimination bill.