Legal duo who argued Proposition 8 case sell out speech in Concord
Theodore Olson and David Boies, the high-profile lawyers who argued this spring at the U.S. Supreme Court for same-sex marriage rights, will appear Friday before a sold-out crowd in Concord.
The men will speak at the Capitol Center for the Arts in a program moderated by Laura Knoy of New Hampshire Public Radio, part of the “Constitutionally Speaking” series. Tickets for the evening event were free but are now all taken, according to the New Hampshire Humanities Council, one of sponsors of the series.
Boies and Olson will speak again the next afternoon, Saturday, May 18, as the keynote speakers at the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s commencement ceremony in Concord’s White Park.
The two men will also receive honorary degrees, the school said, along with former New Hampshire governor John Lynch, retired federal judge Arthur Gajarsa and, posthumously, the late senator Warren Rudman.
Olson and Boies were on opposite sides in the Bush v. Gore case, the legal fight that decided the 2000 presidential election. They later teamed up to fight California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the nation’s most populous state. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in that case this spring but has not yet issued a ruling.
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