Even before Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Theodore Olson strode before the U.S. Supreme Court in March to argue that California’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, he’d already played a large role in shaping the political debate on the subject. A conservative legal icon who represented George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore and became Bush’s solicitor general, Olson was leading the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 four years before President Obama announced that his own views on the matter had "evolved" — and his move gave fellow Republicans ground to follow suit. The court likely will decide the matter in June, along with a related challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.
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