ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON: The Supremes

There is an old saying, “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.” So consider this the Supreme Court scorecard of players that will appear before the Supreme Court next Tuesday, March 26 to argue Hollingsworth v Perry.

In order to have a legal case you need plaintiffs that would be the Perry in the title. Kris Perry is actually one of four plaintiffs in this case.

 

 

Jeff Zarillo speaking and (l to r) Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Chad Griffin, AFER Director, and Paul Katami

In this case the defendant is Dennis Hollingsworth who is involved because of his part in ProtectMarriage.com the proponents of Proposition 8 which bans marriage for same sex couples. I can only say that if Dennis Hollingsworth was present at any of the legal proceedings I didn’t get a picture of him. However the lawyers arguing on his behalf did appear. The lead attorney for the defendants is Charles J. Cooper who has argued several cases before the Supreme Court

Charles J. Cooper will make the arguments on behalf of the Prop 8 backers

Arguing the case on the other side are lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies. They both have experience at the Supreme Court perhaps most notably when they were opposing attorneys in Bush V Gore.

 

Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart, City Atty Dennis Herrera, David Boies,Ted Olson

The general counsel for Prop 8 Andrew Pugno made more appearances in the media center during the trial than Mr. Cooper did.

Andrew Pugno Prop 8 general counsel.

 

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) is the organization behind the legal case or as their website says, “the sole sponsor” of the legal challenge to Prop 8. On the first day of the trial in this case I was able to get a good picture of the AFER staff and supporting lawyers entering the courthouse. At the time of the original trial Chad Griffin was Executive Director of AFER. When he became head of the Human Rights Campaign Adam Umhoefer replaced him as Executive Director.

 

 

A. Umhoefer/AFER, C. Dusseault and E. Monagas, lawyers, C. Griffin/AFER E.D.

 

The conventional wisdom is that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the swing vote. If that is true then I am very optimistic because given his track record in previous decisions regarding gay rights –  Romer v Evans and Lawrence v Texas – he wasn’t just in the majority he wrote the majority opinions.

 

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in previous gay rights cases.

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