August 5th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Borger: Super-lawyers win big in Prop 8 case

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Gloria Borger says lawyers were the big winners in California’s Proposition 8 case."]Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°" and "State of the Union," as well as participating in special event coverage.

- The thing that is hard to miss in Ted Olson's Washington office are the quills. They're in a mug, all 56 of them, each commemorating an appearance before the Supreme Court. In many of those cases, he was the standard bearer for conservatives. And a successful one; he won 44 times.

In fact, one of his most satisfying and famous wins was against Al Gore, the Democrats and super-attorney David Boies in the contested 2000 election. Olson represented George W. Bush.

The rest, as they say, is history. Olson won, Boies lost. That is except in the movie "Recount," as they both joked to me. Boies won the docudrama.

On Wednesday, the two men won, this time together.

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  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    They should be proud of themselves. They beat the will of the citizens of California and the United States of America. Minorities rule. A proud legacy of the libertard form of democracy. Thank you unions for stealing elections for all of these corrupt, inept, slimy, unethical, immoral liberals and for showing that in true union fashion, people cannot be allowed to have their own thoughts on anything, the unions will dictate how things will be. Another reason why come November you and the democrats will spend the next three decades in political Siberia.

    August 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Naqib

    I doubt the lawyers much mattered...they won when they drew a gay activist judge... one mans opinion over the 60% of californians. This is a good thing though... as November is right around the corner.

    That and I would like to see polygamy pass since it is a constituional violation based on this ruling... and I would love to have a dozen tax exemptions on paper.

    August 5, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. NVa Native

    It is an important win for all Americans.
    We need to continue to evolve as a society and not be stagnant as some would have us do. Evolution is the only constant.

    August 5, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. jim

    Gloria Borger can't hide the fact that this decision put a big ole smile on her face.It's part of her DNA !!!!

    August 5, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. mike

    the majority of the people spoke loudly and 2 lawyers and a judge overruled. Democracy for the people, by the people?

    August 5, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Marty, FL

    It's encouraging when both sides can come together to work for equality based on constitutional principles. Should happen more often.

    August 5, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Lawyers WON???!!!

    – How about EQUALITY WON?

    – How about COMMON SENSE WON?

    – How about the crazy Bible thumping wackos who are only happy when they make everyone else miserable LOST?

    – How about you keep YOUR faith away from the rest of the people who do not give a darn about your faith? Pray in your closets like Jesus said you should.

    This is not about lawyers, this is about BIGOTS oppressing people who happen to have a different sexual orientation. This is about FREEDOM of people to love and marry whom they wish.

    Lawyers??? Oh please.

    August 5, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. emma

    It seems the GOP is being very quiet about the Prop 8 decision. Perhaps it is risky for them to denounce it because it might lead to lost votes. It is hoped that if they have a Congressional majority that they will not then try to change the Federal Constitution on matters of unalienable rights.

    August 5, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Cal

    Not much of a stretch for a gay judge for overrule prop 8. The people voted for it twice and won and an activist judge overturms. Whats surprising? I don't live in California and as they state is really going down the drain financially from self-inflicted wounds – who cares?

    August 5, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Dale

    Lawyers win, the people lose.
    The constitution is being ripped apart by liberals.
    Our founding fathers didn't want GAY anything. Even the women back then were more of a man than most men today. This is European, Canadians and the rest that migrated here. It's sickening and everybody knows what it originally meant just like immigration.
    Liberals are sick in the head and we the people must stop them. Also throw all the liberal judges out. They just want attention.

    August 5, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Liberal4Obama

    A triumph for Justice and the Rule of Law.

    The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution is alive and well, it shall never be weakened or watered down as it protects ALL Americans against discrimination.

    August 5, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. vic

    Two giants lawyers came together to fight for gay couple they are sending massage to the nation time for us to accept gay couple

    August 5, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. mike

    that is were human rights and religious right are at odds nothing new but in reality this decision is right I heard some religious nut job saying on the news that marriage was a natural right what is the meaning of natural was it grown on a vine and if it is right than everyone should have the right to eat it but lets get real marriage is something that was made up by someone and is not perfect what we have failed to except is that there are gays in our lives were we work, shop,and live but we look at them as beneath us like we do with so many other people that may not look,act or believe in our religion but as our world grows smaller the reality of hiding our heads in the sand is no long doable so I guess it time to wake up realize that we have to treat everyone the same as we would want to be treated

    August 5, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. NancyLV

    This women is so biased why does it matter what she says on ANY subject.

    August 5, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |