Today, in San Francisco, the federal civil lawsuit Perry v. Schwarzenegger will begin. There, Ted Olson and David Boies will argue, against Charles Cooper and ProtectMarriage.com (and not the State of California, which was all, pshhhhaw), that homosexuals have the right to marry. This is going to be a whole lot of fun!
The gist of the argument from Olson/Boies and the their sugar daddies at the American Foundation for Equal Rights? Mostly that Proposition 8 violates the the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. But also that supporters of Prop 8 — the men and women who campaigned so vigorously for it — actively sought to discriminate against gays and lesbians, and that makes it, like, a really mean law.
We’ll be covering the courtroom antics over the coming weeks here on Queerty, but we should also note that AFER is doing an excellent job using the Information Superhighway (and The Twitter) to keep fanboys up to date on all the latest trial proceedings. That’s a pretty big deal, because when was the last time the Human Rights Campaign or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — organizations that railed against Perry when it was first filed — ever gave such transparent insight into their movements?
This is a very exciting thing to watch. But we’re also a little bit like: ZOMG this could go horribly wrong and screw us. Let’s tune in!
(Pictured: Ted Olson, Kristina Schake, Chad Griffin, via AFER)