Tag Archives: David Boies

AFER Calls It Quits

Last month Freedom To Marry triumphantly declared that it was “going out of business.” Today we get the same news from the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Via press release: Together, we made history. Nearly six years ago, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) was created with the specific mission of arguing for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme …

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Which Legal Team Will Get To SCOTUS?

The New York Times reports on the “dueling” going on to be the legal team to argue for same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court. In a half-dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, some of the best lawyers in the nation spent many pages arguing that their case was the right one in which to establish a nationwide right to same-sex …

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AFER To SCOTUS: Hear Our Virginia Case

The American Foundation for Equal Rights today filed a SCOTUS brief which demands that the Court hear their Virginia marriage equality suit. “Forty-seven years ago, Mildred and Richard Loving passionately argued that the Supreme Court must end the unjust laws that dare to tell us who we can and cannot love,” said Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn …

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VIRGINIA: AFER Tells SCOTUS Not To Continue Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

Via press release: Today, lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the Bostic case responded to a petition by defendants seeking a stay of the United States Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit’s decision that found Virginia’s marriage ban unconstitutional by urging the Supreme Court not to delay the issuance of marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Virginia. The American Foundation for …

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Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera America

Former Vice President Al Gore has filed a breach of contract suit against Al Jazeera America, alleging that the network is withholding $65M owed from the sale of Current TV. Note the name of Gore’s attorney. “Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago,” Gore’s lawyer David …

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VIRGINIA: County Clerk Asks Fourth Circuit Court To Continue Stay So She Can Appeal Directly To SCOTUS

With the representation of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Prince William County Clerk Michele McQuigg today filed notice with the Fourth Circuit Court that she intends to appeal their overturn of Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage to the US Supreme Court. Utah has also announced its intent to file such an appeal, but has not yet done so. Via SCOTUSblog: McQuigg, …

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VIRGINIA: Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals To Hear Marriage Case Tomorrow

Tomorrow the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Virginia’s marriage equality case. A three-judge panel randomly selected from the 16-member appeals court will hear arguments from lawyers for both sides. The Richmond-based 4th Circuit, once widely considered the most conservative appeals court in the country, has become more moderate with the addition of five appointees by President Barack Obama. …

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REPORT: AFER Paid $6.4 Million To Law Firms In Proposition 8 Case

Michael Lavers reports at Washington Blade: The American Foundation for Equal Rights between 2009 and 2013 paid more than $6.4 million to two law firms that successfully argued against California’s Proposition 8. Tax filings indicate former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson’s law firm – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP – received $1,691,714 from AFER for “legal and ancillary legal expenses” …

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LGBT Groups React To Virginia Ruling

AFER Through its decision today, the court has upheld the principles of equality upon which this nation was founded,” said Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. “Virginia’s prohibition on marriage for same-sex couples relegates gay and lesbian Virginians to second-class status. Laws excluding gay men and lesbians from marriage violate personal freedom, are an …

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BREAKING: Judge Strikes Down Virginia’s Ban On Gay Marriage, Ruling STAYED

From AFER’s website: The Federal District Court ruled that Virginia’s marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. It said that loving couples like our plaintiffs, Tim Bostic & Tony London and Carol Schall & Mary Townley are entitled to the same basic rights and protections as every other American. This is a monumental victory—for Virginia and our country—and the first of …

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VIRGINIA: Judge Promises To Rule “Soon” In AFER’s Marriage Equality Lawsuit

The judge hearing opening arguments in AFER’s marriage equality lawsuit against Virginia ended today’s proceedings by promising to make her ruling “soon.” Virginia Solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael compared the state constitutional amendment banning such unions to the commonwealth’s previous defense of segregation, a ban on interracial marriage and resistance to admitting women to VMI — all decisions overturned by …

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TODAY: NOM To Rally Virginia Haters Outside Courthouse Hearing AFER Suit

AFER attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies will today make opening oral arguments in their marriage equality lawsuit against the state of Virginia, which was joined last month by state Attorney General Mark Herring. Protesting outside the courthouse will be supporters of NOM and the Family Foundation. Speaking at the rally will be Family Research Council vice president Josh Duggar. …

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VIRGINIA: House Advances Bill To Give Itself Standing To Defend Marriage Ban

The Virginia House today advanced a bill that would (they claim) give members of the chamber standing to defend the state’s marriage ban in federal court. Del C. Todd Gilbert’s measure, which will be on the House floor for a final vote Monday, includes an amendment by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William [PHOTO]. The amendment would also give the …

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VIRGINA: Opening Arguments In Marriage Equality Case Set For Thursday

Last week Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that he would not defend his state against marriage equality lawsuits and would join the suit filed by AFER. That prompted AFER to call for an immediate summary judgement. But the judge today scheduled opening arguments for Thursday. Here’s her order, via Buzzfeed: NOTE — the Court sets the following Order of …

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Prop 8 Doc Wins Sundance Prize

Yesterday The Case Against 8 won the Best Documentary Direction prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The Case Against 8 / U.S.A. (Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White) — A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to …

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VIRGINIA: Olson & Boies Tell Court To Immediately Rule In Favor Of Marriage

Via press release from AFER: The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of Bostic v. Rainey, the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s discriminatory Marriage Amendment, issued the following statement regarding U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s order seeking Status Reports from all parties in the case regarding whether oral argument on the issues presented is …

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VIRGINIA: AFER’s Olson & Boies To Join Lawsuit For Marriage Equality

AFER’s Ted Olson and David Boies, the team that brought marriage equality back to California, will today join the July lawsuit that seeks to overturn Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Washington Post reports: The addition of Olson and Boies to a case in Norfolk willprobably bring more attention to the challenges to Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages. The state’s …

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