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Prop. 8 Challenged in Federal Court; Ted Olson & David Boies to Argue Case
Date:5/27/2009

Attorneys Argued Bush v. Gore on Opposite Sides; Now Joined to Strike Down Prop. 8

Filing also calls for injunction against same-sex marriage ban until case is resolved, which would immediately reinstate the right of all Californians to marry

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LOS ANGELES, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A lawsuit filed in federal district court states that Proposition 8 -- which eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry in California -- creates a class of "second-class citizens" and thereby violates the U.S. Constitution. The suit also calls for an injunction against Proposition 8 until the case is resolved, which would immediately reinstate marriage rights to same-sex couples.

"This unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution," the suit states.

The suit was filed by two same-sex couples who wish to be married but, because of Proposition 8, have been denied marriage licenses.

The plaintiffs are represented by Theodore B. Olson and David Boies. Olson, a former U.S. Solicitor General, represented George W. Bush in 2000's Bush v. Gore, which decided the presidential election. Boies represented Al Gore in that case. Olson, widely regarded as one of the nation's preeminent constitutional lawyers, has argued 55 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies ranks as one of the leading trial lawyers of his generation, having secured landmark victories for clients in numerous areas of the law. This is the first time they have served al
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