The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) announced Monday it's closing its doors. The decision to close up shop follows the United States Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v Hodges and mirrors the move by marriage equality group Freedom to Marry to also "go out of business."
"Nearly six years ago, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) was created with the specific mission of arguing for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court and to, while doing so, dramatically advance the American conversation on equality," reads a press release from AFER.
Although the statement reads like a well-earned "victory lap," it goes on to urge support for the Equality Act which was introduced into congress last month.
The statement continues:
But, even as we celebrate this amazing milestone, please remember we're going to have to work harder than ever before to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans have full federal equality-nothing more, and nothing less.
The fact is that in 31 states LGBT people have very few clear, consistent legal protections against discrimination. They are still at risk of being fired, denied a job, evicted, bullied, harassed, refused service, or denied access to credit because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Last week, leaders in Congress introduced the Equality Act -- a comprehensive federal nondiscrimination bill that would guarantee critically needed protections to LGBT Americans, based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in the workplace, housing, public accommodations, lending practices, education, jury service, and the use of federal funds. With more than 200 cosponsors already, this essential legislation is starting off stronger than any pro-LGBT bill in history.
While AFER is closing its doors, they plan to dedicate their remaining resources to the ongoing battle for equality. "It's going to take all of us to reach the finish line, and we hope you will continue on this journey with ... HRC," their statement reads. "As we turn our sights to securing comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections in this country and to ensuring lasting equality around the globe."