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The American Bar Association Gives Top Honors To Legal Team That Overturned Prop 8

Attorneys David Boies and ­­ Ted Olson were on opposite sides when they argued Bush v. Gore in 2000. But yesterday the legal dream team was honored with the ABA Medal for their united effort in winning Perry v. Schwarzenegger and taking down California’s odious Prop 8.

American Bar Association President Zack sang their praises in his introduction:

Both David and Ted have had storied legal careers…but together they can only be described as a force of nature. They have proven they are capable of righting wrongs wherever they exist—and they proved it again in their victory in California in Proposition 8.  The ABA medal is for the first time being given to two individuals because they stand for one principle.

(Watch his full address, and Boies and Olsen’s acceptance speeches, in the clip above.)

It’s been almost exactly a year since a U.S. District Court concluded, on August 4, 2010, that, “Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis.” This is the latest in a long line of kudos for the two, who were brought on board by The American Foundation for Equal Rights: Boies (right) was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” by the National Law Journal and the pair were selected as two of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010.

But Boies and Olson won’t have time to rest on their accolades: They’ll be in California Supreme Court on September 6 to argue whether ballot proponents have an interest in defending the initiative when it’s challenged—an essential question in determining whether Prop 8 forces have standing to appeal Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling.

Image via David Shankbone

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Aug 9, 2011
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  • 3 Comments
    • Robert in NYC
      Robert in NYC

      Congratulations to both!

      Aug 9, 2011 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack E. Jett
      Jack E. Jett

      Having just watched a series of documentaries about Prop 8, I understand the work these guys have put into this cause.

      The bottom line is if it weren’t for the most fucked up Mormon folks we would have never had to spend our resources trying to get something that everyone else already has.

      Mormons are the most evil, insane, fucked up individuals that walk this planet. Thankfully fewer of them exist than your basic fundies and xtian extremist.
      But what they lack in numbers, they more than make up for in racist bigotry, homophobia,and womens rights. They tout a love for god and morals while butt fucking 12 year old girs who are most likely their daughters.

      Aug 9, 2011 at 11:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GayGOP
      GayGOP

      Ted Olson and David Boies are my heroes as I embark on my own legal career. They deserve their accolades, even if they still have work ahead of them.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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