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Prop 8 attorneys join in challenge to overturn Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, September 30, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The high-profile legal tandem that brought down California's prohibition on same-sex marriage has joined a challenge of Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson (left), and David Boies

Attorneys in historic same-sex marriage case sign book deal

Saturday, March 2, 2013
NEW YORK — The bipartisan legal team leading the fight for same-sex marriage has a book deal. Democrat David Boies and Republican Theodore B. Olson have signed with Viking for "A Just Cause: Law, Love, and the Case for Marriage Equality." [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 News Analysis: ‘We’re eliminating second-class citizenship’

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Not long after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stuck another dagger into California’s discriminatory Proposition 8 law on Tuesday, Olson calmly but firmly spoke about how the court’s decision affirmed that Prop 8 “violated the fundamental human rights” of gay and lesbian Americans. [ Read more → ]
Thom Watson, left, and Jeff Tabaco, who want to get married, attended the rally Thursday afternoon before oral arguments in the federal Proposition 8 case.

Appeals court signals judge’s sexuality likely a non-issue in Prop 8 case

Friday, December 9, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- A panel of federal appellate justices signaled Thursday that they see no reason to overturn a ruling against California's same-sex marriage ban due to the trial judge not disclosing his long-term relationship with another man. [ Read more → ]

NFL adds ‘sexual orientation’ to non-discrimination policy

Monday, September 26, 2011
The National Football League, in its 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, has quietly updated its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
The Earl Warren Building is San Francisco, home to the California Supreme Court.

California Supreme Court to hear arguments on ‘standing’ in Prop 8 appeal

Monday, September 5, 2011
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments as to whether there is any authority under California law that gives Yes on 8 the right to appeal a ruling that struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage when state officials decided not to. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge hears arguments for, against releasing Prop 8 trial recordings

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday heard arguments on whether to release videotapes of last year’s historic trial on Proposition 8, in which then-U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson (left), and David Boies

Olson, Boies will be absent as federal judge hears motion to vacate Prop 8 ruling

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Famed attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies will not be in a San Francisco courtroom Monday when attorneys in the landmark Proposition 8 case square off once again. [ Read more → ]

9th Circuit panel refuses to lift stay in Proposition 8 case

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals panel hearing the Proposition 8 case on Wednesday denied a request by plaintiffs to lift the stay on the lower court’s ruling in their favor. Had the three-judge panel granted the request, same-sex couples in California would... [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson

Attorneys file final brief asking appeals court to lift stay on Prop 8 ruling

Saturday, March 19, 2011
The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and its legal team filed a reply brief on Thursday, supporting a motion in the Ninth Circuit asking that the Court immediately lift an order preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in California. [ Read more → ]

California Supreme Court won’t expedite ruling on key issue in Prop 8 case

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The California Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by the attorneys fighting Proposition 8 to expedite the time line for deciding a key legal question of standing. [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 trial roundup: briefs filed, court date set, analysis of upcoming hearing

Saturday, October 23, 2010
On Monday of this week, Prop 8 opponents Olson and Boies filed briefs with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional. On Thursday, a Federal Appeals Court announced that oral arguments for the appeal will be heard Dec. 6. [ Read more → ]
Prop 8 opponents at a rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn the gay marriage ban.

Prop 8 next steps: Judge to decide whether to lift ‘stay’ in ruling

Thursday, August 5, 2010
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who struck down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage must now decide whether the ban should remain in tact while the ruling makes its way through the appeals process. [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson said he fully intends to take the Prop 8 trial to the US Supreme Court

Remembering Ted Olson’s Newsweek op-ed about gay marriage

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"The very idea of marriage is basic to recognition as equals in our society; any status short of that is inferior, unjust, and unconstitutional." -- Ted Olson, a staunch conservative and one of the attorneys challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8. [ Read more → ]

Theodore Olson: Making the conservative case for gay marriage

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
As the trial over California’s ban on same-sex marriage gets underway in San Francisco this week in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger, plantiff's attorney Theodore Olson has become an unexpected crusader for the rights of millions of gay Americans. Not so long ago, Olson argued... [ Read more → ]
Plantiffs (left to right) Paul Katami, Jeff Zarillo, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier before the start of their trial in San Francisco. Photo credit: Reuters

Gay marriage on trial as landmark Prop 8 challenge opens in federal court

Monday, January 11, 2010
The trial over California's ban on same-sex marriage opened Monday in San Francisco in a landmark case that could ultimately lead to a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court. In opening statements challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, plaintiff's... [ Read more → ]

Olson delivers opening remarks in Prop 8 legal challenge

Monday, January 11, 2010
The federal trial challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, a voter approved ban on gay marriage, began Monday with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies, is leading the legal team representing the plaintiffs in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.... [ Read more → ]
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