The United States Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry, American Foundation for Equal Rights’ federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, on Tuesday, March 26. The following day the Court will hear oral argument in United States v. Windsor, the American Civil Liberty Union’s case challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
AFER’s legal team, led by co-counsels Ted Olson and David Boies, will argue that Prop. 8 violates United States Constitution, which guarantees same-gender couples like plaintiffs, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, nothing less than full federal marriage equality, said AFER in a release. “Prop. 8, DOMA and laws like them harm countless gay and lesbian Americans, singling them out for unequal, second-class treatment under the law,” the release further stated.
Combined, Ted Olson and David Boies have argued over 70 cases in the Supreme Court. They won in Federal District Court and at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.