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The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) sued to overturn Proposition 8 on behalf of two same-sex couples.

“This case is about the fundamental constitutional right of all Americans to marry the person they love,” said Theodore B. Olson, AFER’s lead co-counsel with David Boies. The Supreme Court’s decision to grant review in this case “illustrates the national significance of marriage equality, and brings us closer to the day when every American will be able to equally enjoy the fundamental freedom to marry.”

Andy Pugno, general counsel for, the organization that put Proposition 8 on the ballot, said: “Arguing this case before the Supreme Court finally gives us a chance at a fair hearing, something that hasn’t been afforded to the people since we began this fight.”

This story is based in part on wire service reports.