Former Solicitor General Ted Olson did an about-face from his fellow conservatives yesterday, and has come out fighting California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage after it was upheld this week by the California Supreme Court, The Recorder reported today.
Although unexpected, what is even more surprising is that Olson — who represented President Bush in Bush v. Gore — is joining forces with liberal attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore in Bush v. Gore. The unlikely pair filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in a San Francisco federal court on behalf of a gay couple and a lesbian couple, according to The Recorder.
“We may vote differently from time to time,” Olson said at a press conference. “But we felt it was very important to present a united front and tell the courts this is not about right or left, conservative or liberal.”