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Gay Marriage 'Odd Couple' Takes Fight to Virginia

Theodore Olson, David Boies join lawsuit

(Newser) - The "odd couple" legal team that got California's gay marriage ban overturned is setting its sights on Virginia, the Washington Post reports. Conservative Republican Theodore Olson and liberal Democrat David Boies, the lawyers on opposite sides of the 2000 Bush vs. Gore Supreme Court case, are joining a... More »

Landmark Gay Rights Cases Head for Supreme Court

Calif. gay marriage ban before court tomorrow

(Newser) - The gay marriage debate moves to the Supreme Court this week, where justices will hear arguments for and against the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 ban tomorrow. The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, will be before the court... More »

Boehner: Yeah, Repeal 14th Amendment

Ted Olson thinks High Court will uphold gay marriage decision

(Newser) - John Boehner jumped on the repeal-the-14th-Amendment bandwagon today, telling Meet the Press that it gives "incentive for illegal immigrants to come here." "I do believe it it is time for us to secure our border and enforce the law ... and allow this conversation about the 14th Amendment... More »

Liz Cheney's 'Al-Qaeda 7' Ad Raises Uproar

Even conservatives say attack on Justice Dept. goes too far

(Newser) - The new attack ad launched by Liz Cheney’s Keep America Safe group is so nasty that even her fellow conservatives are attacking it, and some are invoking McCarthyism. The ad brands Department of Justice officials who once represented Guantanamo inmates the “Al Qaeda 7,” and implies that... More »

Landmark Prop 8 Trial to Begin Today

Witnesses will be called for first time in federal case

(Newser) - Gay marriage will have its day in federal court today, in an unprecedented trial that’s expected to reach all the way to the Supreme Court. The case, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, challenges Proposition 8 on the basis that it violates the US Constitution’s guarantees to equal protection. It’ll... More »

How Ted Olson Became a Gay Marriage Crusader

Conservative attorney has long opposed discrimination

(Newser) - Conservative lawyer Ted Olson fought Bush’s side against Gore, loosened government regulations under Reagan, and helped impeach Bill Clinton. So how did the man liberals love to hate end up on their side of the gay marriage fight? Olson, who filed a lawsuit challenging California’s ban on same-sex... More »

Battle Over Prop 8 Moves to Federal Court

(Newser) - California’s gay marriage battle continued today as lawyers for the American Foundation for Equal Rights announced a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 and called for the restitution of marriage rights while the suit is decided, the Los Angeles Times reports. The lawyers—Theodore Olson, then the solicitor general, and David... More »

Supreme Court Grows Even Clubbier

High-profile lawyers socialize with friends on the bench

(Newser) - The Supreme Court turns out to be the kind of bar where everybody knows your name. Over the past decade or so, a small group of lawyers with educational, professional, and social ties to the justices have staked out exclusive territory at the building known as the Marble Palace. USA ... More »

Federal Judge to Replace Gonzales

Compromise candidate will be named attorney general

(Newser) - President Bush  is expected to announce the appointment of retired New York federal judge Michael B. Mukasey  as attorney general, reports the Washington Post. Mukasey, 66, is considered an authority on national security issues and is a law-and-order conservative. He is also seen as someone who could be confirmed without... More »

Reid Vows to Block Olson as AG Pick

Majority leader blasts reported Bush favorite as Gonzales 2.0

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to stop conservative attorney Ted Olson from becoming attorney general if he's nominated, Reuters reports. The former solicitor general is thought to be President Bush's first choice, but faces stiff opposition from Dems who are pushing for a less partisan figure after Alberto Gonzales'... More »

Olson May Be Top Dog on AG Roster

But conservative stalwart would face tough confirmation fight

(Newser) - Conservative stalwart Theodore Olson is the likely top choice to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Reuters reports. The former solicitor general may have a partisan reputation among Democrats—he represented President Bush in the Florida election battle and was accused of trying to dig up anti-Clinton scandals in the 1990s—... More »

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