David Boies gives an interview to USA Today on the upcoming Prop 8 case before the Supreme Court:
Boies, 72, said his biggest fear is that most of the nine sitting justices "are my age or older" and have grown up in an environment of "extreme hostility to homosexuals." He added, "Judges are supposed to put that aside and our very best judges do, but it's not an easy task."
The paper adds:
In the interview, Boies drew parallels between the struggle for same-sex marriage and the fight for interracial marriage in the 1960s. Opposition to both, he said, comes from the "same reservoir of ignorance" about those involved.
But the USA has undergone a "tremendous" demographic shift in attitudes, especially among young people, he said. "Unlike people of my generation, my children and my grandchildren have grown up living with, knowing people who were outwardly gay and lesbian. And they have learned that they're just like us. … And when you see that they're just like us, the rationale for discrimination melts away."
Watch the 8-minute interview here.