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Ted Olson and David Boies Talk Virginia Gay Marriage Win and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I was invited to join a media conference call immediately following the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' favorable ruling in Virginia's Bostic v. Schaefer marriage-equality case.

David McCabe

Ted Olson Calls Ted Cruz Comments Against Marriage Equality 'Very, Very Sad'

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conservative lawyer who argued the Supreme Court case that ended California's ban on same-sex marriage condemned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Te...

Five (or So) Questions I Put to Superlawyer Ted Olson About Gay Marriage and Prop 8

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Since the publication of Jo Becker's controversial Forcing the Spring, it's fair to say that the Prop 8 legal team have been on the defensive. A lot of us have wondered what they thought about the book, so last week I interviewed Ted Olson, a lifelong Republican and former solicitor general under George W. Bush, and put these and other questions to him.

WATCH: Lawyers In Bush v. Gore Still Clashing Over Outcome

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics

Ted Olson and David Boies made history when they teamed up to overturn Proposition 8 in 2013, but what made their joint effort surprising was their pa...

Prop 8 Lawyer: 'What Could Be More Conservative' Than Gay Marriage?

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

Ted Olson fought to take down Proposition 8 in California's Supreme Court in 2013, but his campaign for equality isn't ending there. Speaking to HuffP...

Major Marriage Announcement by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-09-30-AFERVirginiasmall.pngAFER is joining a preexisting lawsuit brought by two couples in Virginia. Ted Olson and David Boies will assume the role of lead co-counsel and will put forth the same constitutional arguments that were successful in the Prop 8 case.

Vergara v. California: Marching Toward a Dream Still Denied

Marcellus Antonio McRae | Posted 11.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Marcellus Antonio McRae

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was greatly blessed to have teachers who had a profound commitment to quality instruction, an appreciation for the impact they would have on my life, and the skill to challenge me to raise and strive to realize my expectations. Not all children are so lucky.

Exclusive: AFER Prop 8 Players Talk About U.S. Supreme Court Ruling (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I participated in a conference call with the American Foundation for Equal Rights moments after their Supreme Court victory. Speaking on the call are AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer; lead co-counsel David Boies; plaintiffs Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo; and others.

This Republican Only Needed 29 Seconds To Stun The Supreme Court

Upworthy | Rollie Williams | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court heard a lot of long-winded arguments for and against gay marriage, but for a brief 29 seconds, Republican lawyer Ted Olson cut strai...

Can You Oppose Gay Marriage and Not Be Anti-Gay?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

Whatever the outcome of this week's historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage, one thing has become crystal clear: there is no longer, if there ever was, a rational argument to ban it. Are there any grounds for holding that position beyond simple prejudice?

What Happened Today in the Supreme Court? The Prop 8 Case in a Nutshell

Nish Gera | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Nish Gera

After listening to the oral arguments presented in the Proposition 8 case in the U.S. Supreme Court today, one can't help but marvel at the intricacies of the legal debate. But what's really going on, in a nutshell?

The Billionaires' Big Plans for California Schools

John Thompson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Los Angeles
John Thompson

The heart of Vergara vs. California is the assertion that "California's schools hire and retain grossly ineffective teachers at alarming rates."

I Just Left The Supreme Court: A Quick Look At The Justices' Questions About Prop 8

Jacob Combs | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

I just walked out of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. It was a whirlwind hearing, and all three lawyers faced tough questions from the justices. Here's my initial take on the justices' questions and what they might mean.

They Saw the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases Coming

Ian Bassin | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Bassin

The lesson we all can take from the vision of those who foresaw this week is that often in quests for social justice, what seems impossible at first becomes inevitable later. And it's those who are willing to bear the brunt of being told that their ideas are impossible that move us forward.

How Show Biz Helped Drive a Post Prop 8 Public Opinion Swing Shift

Ted Johnson | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Ted Johnson

That swing of public opinion is a contrast to the much slower timing of past civil rights struggles, and explanations are open for debate. But more than a few have attributed the acceptance to entertainment.

The Billionaires' Threat to California's and America's Schools

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
John Thompson

Why should beliefs by some trump the democratic rights of others? It should be up to the voters, rather than the courts, to decide whether our policies based on social science or the billionaires' hunches should be the law of the land.

Pioneering Gay Marriage Legal Team Lands Book Deal

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 02.27.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The bipartisan legal team leading the fight for gay marriage has a book deal. Democrat David Boies and Republican Theodore B. Olson have ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gay Marriage Supporters Want Obama To Join Supreme Court Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

Former Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson, who will argue against California's ban on gay marriage before the Supreme Court next month, s...

Marriage Equality: It's The Stories

Rob Reiner | Posted 01.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Reiner

There will be a natural tendency to focus on the legal challenges and the political fights, but history will show the true story of how we achieved marriage equality and how it was in fact a quilt woven of thousands of personal tales, most of which existed entirely outside the courtroom.

Why Does Paul Ryan Have a Debate Coach Who Promotes 'Anti-American' Values?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It surely isn't happening in this election cycle and may not happen in the next one, but Republicans could be reaching the end of the line on gay marriage, and some conservative activists are even beginning to admit it.

Conservative To Take Turn As 'Joe Biden'

Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's campaign confirmed Saturday that former solicitor general Ted Olson is playing the role of Joe Biden in Paul Ryan's debate preparation. ...

Ted Olson Reveals How He Learned To Fight For LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.29.2012 | College

Attorney Ted Olson credits his college debate coach as his inspiration to fight against Proposition 8 --California's law prohibiting same-sex marriage...

Let Freedom Ring

D. R. Tucker | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Like millions of Americans, I applaud President Obama's decision to firmly support marriage equality. However, I can't help noting, with a bit of regi...

LISTEN: Ted Olson And David Boies React To Last Week's Prop 8 Ruling

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 04.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Last week AFER asked if I would like to be included in a press conference call scheduled two hours after the Prop 8 decision with lead co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies. Of course I jumped at the opportunity.

Mike Sacks

Gay Marriage Ruling's Bid For One Justice's Vote Could Backfire

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Trying to play to Justice Anthony Kennedy's gut is a dicey endeavor. So when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Tuesday st...