Proposition 8 federal court case begins on January 11
SAN FRANCISCO, California: January 11, 2010 has been set as the date when federal judge Vaughn Walker will open a federal trial to decide whether or not Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution.
David Boies and Theodore Olson are the attorneys leading the charge against Proposition 8. In 2000, Boies and Olson squared off against each other in the federal lawsuit over the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. This time, they're sitting on the same side of the table.
Although Walker green-lighted the case, he disappointed the hopes of Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. After opposing the federal lawsuit, these groups sought to intervene in the case. Judge Walker did allow the City of San Francisco to become a plaintiff; the city may provide evidence about the public health costs of denying same-sex marriages.