David Boies and Ted Olson, the attorneys representing two same-sex couples seeking to overturn California’s Proposition 8, are featured in Bill Moyers’ new book of interviews, Bill Moyers Journal.
The former PBS host interviewed Boies and Olson before their case won in federal district court last year. Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the voter-approved ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. But the ban remains in effect while the Ninth Circuit Court considers an appeal.
Boies, a Democrat, and Olson, a Republican, are best known for facing off before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore, the case that decided George W. Bush won the closely contested 2000 election. Moyers asked the "idealogical odd couple" how they came together to support gay marriage.
"I think one of the things we have in common on this issue is respect for the rule of law, respect for civil rights, respect for the Constitution," Boies said in the interview. "Conservatives and liberals alike want to keep the government out of regulating our personal conduct, want to keep the government out of the bedroom."
The interview has been posted at NPR.
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