Olson, Boies Unite to Fight Calif. Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Federal Court

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Conservative lawyer and liberal colleague challenge Proposition 8 on federal equal protection grounds
May 28, 2009


"Gay-rights lawyers on Wednesday welcomed longtime conservative lawyer Theodore Olson into the fight for same-sex marriage, but warned him and liberal colleague David Boies that they could hurt the cause more than help it by launching an attack on California's Proposition 8 in the federal courts.

"Jennifer Pizer, senior counsel in Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund's L.A. office, said non-civil rights lawyers might not understand the obstacles. 'It's difficult for people who haven't worked on these issues day to day to appreciate the depth of resistance we encounter everyday,' she said."

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