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Federal Court Overturns CA's Prop 8 Ban on Gay Marriage. Closeted Republicans Everywhere Rejoice

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Following the Walker decision, gays from New York to California rejoiced over the decision, and were no doubt joined in celebration from the likes of Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Bob Allen and countless others.

Marriage Equality: One Step Forward

Kyle Daley | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Kyle Daley

Civil rights took a step forward today as Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in favor of same sex couples.

Aspen Ideas Festival: David Boies And Ted Olson On The Fight To Overturn Proposition 8 (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ben Craw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In 2000, David Boies and Ted Olson battled each other as lawyers representing opposite sides of the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore. Ten years late...

Second-Class Citizens Get Their Day in Court

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

Closing arguments have been scheduled for Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case challenging California's same-sex marriage ban.

Olson & Boies Exorcise the Ghosts of Homophobia Past

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Tomorrow, the legendary team of Ted Olson and David Boies present their final arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal trial on the constitutionality of Prop. 8, which outlaws gay marriage.

Equality on Trial: Judge Walker's Amazing Questions for Closing Argument

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

2010-06-10-walkersquestions.jpg On Tuesday, Judge Vaughn Walker issued a series of questions -- stunning in their breadth, complexity and essence -- for the parties to the federal Prop. 8 trial. Never in American history has homosexuality been on trial in this way.

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part Two: The Supreme Court

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

2013 may seem like a long way off to the folks who brought the San Francisco marriage case. But in terms of making the kind of progress that might help us win at the Supreme Court, it's tomorrow.

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part One: Possible Outcomes

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

Several people have asked me questions recently about the marriage case in federal court in San Francisco (the case brought by Ted Olson and David Boi...

What Ted Olson Needs to Know About Corporate Democracy After Citizens United

Jesse Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jesse Strauss

Contrary to Ted Olson's contentions, shareholders do not have the ability to preclude corporate spending on political campaigns.

Proud to Testify for Marriage Equality

Jerry Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jerry Sanders

I was proud to testify this week in what I believe will be one of the defining civil rights cases of our time, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. I did so as a Republican, a father, and a former police chief.

Fourteen Years After Hawaii: New Freedom to Marry Case in California; Same Old, Same Old From Opponents

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

Our Hawaii freedom to marry case was shown to the public on Court TV, and produced a sea-change in public support. No wonder the anti-gay opponents didn't want the Perry trial available on YouTube.

Maureen Dowd: The Odd Couple Defending Gay Marriage In California

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

As the sun set on the Bay Bridge behind him and the curtain dropped on the first week of the dramatic trial to challenge the constitutionality of the ...

Prop. 8 Federal Lawsuit Begins, Cue Right-Wing Media Hysteria

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Few other issues whip the conservative media chattering class into a frenzy like the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. This unprecedented federal legal challenge is unlikely to be any different.

Prop 8 Backers Ask Federal Judge to Ban Cameras, Plaintiffs Reply

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

The attorney representing the Prop 8 supporters in the federal case challenging Prop 8 filed two letters asking the judge not to allow TV cameras into the courtroom.

Judge Walker Asks You: "Should the Olson/Boies Trial be Televised?

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Those who make careers of raising and banking money by denying equal rights to others want to maintain total control over the media on the eve of the most historic civil rights case in at least a generation.

"Exactly Why We Have Courts, Why We Have the Constitution and Why We Have the 14th Amendment"

Richard Socarides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Socarides

The Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, the battle for the right to marriage for anyone regardless of sexual orientation, is officially underway. The stakes could not be higher.

Olson/Boies Prop 8 Challenge Team Has a New, Useful Website

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

American Foundation for Equal Rights -- the new organization sponsoring the federal legal challenge to Prop 8 -- just put up a new, clean, easy to navigate website.

Two Legal Foes Unite to Fight for Same-Sex Marriage

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

The two powerhouse lawyers who fought each other all the way to the Supreme Court to decide whether Al Gore or George W. Bush would become president are at it again, but this time they're fighting on the same side to defend marriage equality

The Olson/Boies Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit: Too Much, Too Soon?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The question no longer is whether the lawsuit should be brought, but whether it will succeed.

Proposition 8 Campaign Tactics: Ripe for a Trial?

Ted Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker will hold a hearing on Wednesday to determine the direction of a federal suit challenging Proposition 8

All Hands on Deck in the Prop 8 Litigation

Tobias Barrington Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tobias Barrington Wolff

We should recognize the sea change that the efforts of Ted Olson and David Boies on Prop 8 represent and capitalize upon them in our public advocacy efforts.

"Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and Ted Olson and David Boies' Fight for Equal Rights

Trevor Neilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trevor Neilson

One of the most important events in the history of civil rights may have happened today.

The Complex Questions About the Marriage Equality Movement and the Olson/Boies Federal Lawsuit

Pam Spaulding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pam Spaulding

The situation is really about whether the goal of marriage equality is seen as an incremental process leading to a positive resolution or, as with prior civil rights movements, seen as a fundamental constitutional issue.

Bush's Solicitor General, Ted Olson, Joins Legal Team To Support Gay Marriage

America Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We wrote last night about how Ted Olson, George Bush's former Solicitor General (the guy who argues the administration's cases before the Supreme Cour...

Prop 8. Now what? The US Supreme Court?

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

The next chapter in our inexorable march to equality involves the most unlikely of characters: Ted Olson. No, that is not a typo.