David Boies and Ted Olson, both 69, are lions of America’s legal establishment — Boies, a darling of the left; Olson, the right. Time and again they’ve clashed, most famously in Bush v. Gore, in 2000. Olson won that battle, and given how high the stakes were, the two lawyers might be forgiven any lasting bitterness. Instead, they’ve become great friends.
So perhaps it is not shocking that this odd couple teamed up to challenge the constitutionality of California’s prohibition of gay marriage. They’ve put on an extraordinary case in the federal court system and could prevail in their long-shot mission.
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