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04/19/2007


David Boies: SCOTUS Declared All State Gay Marriage Bans Unconstitutional — VIDEO

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Proposition 8 attorney David Boies appeared on CNN's State of the Nation with Candy Crowley this morning to discuss the Supreme Court's rulings and the push for marriage equality nationwide.

Said Boies:

“First, remember that that the United States Supreme Court found that the plaintiffs in this particular case had standing to attack Proposition 8, but the people who were supporting Proposition 8 did not have standing to appeal our victory in the trial court,. So that reinstates the trial court's decision that says that all bans on gay and lesbian marriage violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment.”

Crowley asked Boies if it's not now a states rights issue:

“If they were allowing the states to decide for themselves, they would have allowed California to decide for itself. California passed Proposition 8. So, what the Court was doing was it was invalidating California’s choice, and that’s exactly what the courts are supposed to do under the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment was passed for the specific reason of saying states have rights but one of those rights is not to discriminate against its own citizens.”

Boies goes on to say that this argument will be applied in fighting same-sex marriage bans in each state.

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Prop 8 Plaintiffs, Attorneys Hold Press Conference After Supreme Court Rulings: VIDEO

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Proposition 8 plaintiffs and attorneys held a press conference immediately following the ruling from the Supreme Court this morning.

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DOMA Plaintiff Edie Windsor, Prop. 8 Attorney David Boies Honored at NYU 2013 Commencement: VIDEO

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NYU had its 2013 commencement yesterday, and it was all about marriage equality, and it was stirring.

DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor was given the school's Presidential Medal, and Prop. 8 lawyer David Boies was the keynote speaker. Mr. Boies received a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa. He was introduced by constitutional law professor Kenji Yoshino (second video).

Said Boies: "One of the platitudes of our country is that all people are created equal. I can't tell you today how the Supreme Court is going to rule in June but what I can tell you is that if we don't win it in Perry we will continue the fight until we do win it. So congratulations, and join us in trying to make platitudes real."

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Attys Ted Olson, David Boies, and Prop. 8 Plaintiffs Speak After Today's Supreme Court Arguments: VIDEO

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Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies and the Prop. 8 plaintiffs Sandy Stier, Kris Perry, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami spoke at a press conference following arguments before the Supreme Court.

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Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies on the Way to the Supreme Court Prop 8 Arguments: PHOTO

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Attorney Ted Boutrous tweeeted this photo moments ago of AFER attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies on their way to the Supreme Court.

Prop. 8 Attorney David Boies Lays Out Supreme Court Case on 'Meet the Press' VIDEO

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Prop. 8 attorney David Boies sat down with David Gregory on Meet the Press to talk about this week's case at the Supreme Court, emphasizing that the U.S. Constitution protects all Americans, or it doesn't, and he believes the Court will see that it does.

Said Boies:

"We believe that even if you simply apply the rational basis test, there is no rational basis to justify this ban. And that's because...there is no evidence. None. That allowing gay and lesbians to marry harms the institution of marriage or harms anyone else...The evidence is that having a loving couple that are married is great for children. Everybody agreed with that. But the evidence is that's true whether it's a gay couple or a straight couple. And it's true whether it's an adopted couple or a biological couple."

Gregory also pointed out all the states that currently have bans on same-sex marriage and asked, 'arent' you effectively asking the Court to say, with one stroke of the pen, we're going to invalidate what those states have done?"

Replied Boies: "Everytime the Supreme Court makes a constitutional decision it's making a decision that certain fundamental rights are too important to be left to the ballot box."

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