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Prop 8 plaintiffs’ attorney: ‘There is no rational basis’ to justify gay marriage ban

Sunday, March 24, 2013

David Boies, co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, said Sunday that marriage equality is a civil rights issue, and that the only question before the court is, should gay couples be denied the right to marry simply due to their sexual orientation.

Davis 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.


“Every time 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. We’ve done that with race, we’ve done that with women, we’ve done that with every discriminated class. Remember, when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the ban on interracial marriage in 1967, 64 percent of the American people opposed interracial marriage.”


On Tuesday, Boies and co-counsel Theodore Olson will try to persuade the justices to strike down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages and to declare that gay couples can marry nationwide.

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3 more reader comments:

  1. jeremy…WHEREdo you find this bullshit>? FAUX NEWS? wow yo uare so off

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:05pm
  2. if we want equal marriage rights the Federal government cannot give it to us…we must file lawqsuits against like 5 states for violation of civil rights! then all states would cave in – just saying!

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:21pm
  3. we should be spending more time on important things but this is all the Republicans can call on besides Abortion to destract the American Republicans from the REAL crap they are doing to the country on the side.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 4:28pm