Prop 8 Attorney Lays Out SCOTUS Case on Meet the Press

By Tim Peacock

David Boies spoke with David Gregory on Meet the Press

Proposition 8 attorney David Boies spoke with David Gregory on Meet the Press yesterday in laying out the case that will be presented to the Supreme Court this week. Of note, he said that:

We believe that even if you simply apply the rational basis test, there is no rational basis to justify this ban. And that’s because…there is no evidence. None. That allowing gay and lesbians to marry harms the institution of marriage or harms anyone else…The evidence is that having a loving couple that are married is great for children. Everybody agreed with that. But the evidence is that’s true whether it’s a gay couple or a straight couple. And it’s true whether it’s an adopted couple or a biological couple.

When Gregory pointed out the multitude of states that have banned same sex marriage (39) and asked about Boies’ thoughts on potentially overturning the will of those states, Boies stated succinctly that “Everytime the Supreme Court makes a constitutional decision it’s making a decision that certain fundamental rights are too important to be left to the ballot box.” And it’s true – civil rights are rights for a reason – they aren’t civil majority-approved rights; rights are inherent, not voted upon.As Rachel Maddow famously said in 2010, “ut here’s the thing about rights. They’re not actually supposed to be voted on. That’s why they’re called rights.”

Here’s the interview:

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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