Ted Olson and David Boies, two of the lawyers who helped strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage, have announced they will represent Timothy Bostic and Tony London, the Norfolk couple that filed suite against the state of Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban earlier this year.
“I’m a Virginian,” Olson said in a press conference earlier today according to Metro Weekly. “Of all places in the United States, Virginia should recognize the rights of equality. Men and women in that state have the same basic fundamental underlying freedoms that everyone in America has.”
Olson and Boies will join Tom Shuttleworth of the American Foundation for Equal Rights in the legal battle which has it’s first briefs due today at 5 PM.
When the briefs are made available, it could push same-sex marriage further into the 2013 election cycle as Attorney General (and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate) Ken Cuccinelli will also be required to file a brief defending the state’s ban.
A spokesperson for Gov. Bob McDonnell, Tucker Martin, defended the ban to Metro Weekly saying Virginia voters had made their voices heard on the issue some time ago.
“The voters of Virginia passed a constitutional amendment in 2006 defining marriage in the commonwealth as being only a union of one man and one woman,” said Martin. “It is the law in this state based on the popular will of the voters as expressed at the ballot box.”
As the fight for same-sex marriage continues to spread across the country, the harsh truth of the cost of court battles is starting to hit some states in their bottom line. A few weeks back, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ordered the state of Kentucky to pay $70K in court fees to the [...]