Bush v. Gore lawyers take on gay marriage ban | U.S. | ReutersBush v. Gore lawyers take on gay marriage ban
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two lawyers who squared off in the legal case that determined the 2000 U.S. presidential election joined forces on Wednesday to ask a federal court to halt California's same-sex marriage ban, despite warnings from gay rights advocates not to mount a federal challenge.
Ted Olson and David Boies, who opposed each other in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case, said that gays and lesbians were made into second-class citizens by California's voter-approved ban, known as Proposition 8.
They sued on behalf of two same-sex couples who want to marry but cannot because of the Prop 8's passage.
It appears that the SCotUS may very well settle this issue sooner rather than later -- and, perhaps, the pro-gay-marriage crowd will learn that you should be careful what you wish for.Gay rights advocates, fearing a loss in the socially conservative top U.S. court, have avoided going to federal court after other state ballot box losses.
"A federal lawsuit at this time is terribly risky," said Jenny Pizer, one of the lawyers for Lambda Legal who argued against Prop 8 before the California court.
Her organization, the American Civil Liberties Union and others said in a statement, "without more groundwork, the U.S. Supreme Court likely is not yet ready to rule that same-sex couples cannot be barred from marriage."