Lawyer Who Fought Same-Sex Marriage Now Planning Lesbian Daughter's Wedding

Prop 8, Marriage EqualityWhen California's controversial Prop 8 went to the Supreme Court last year, attorney Charles Cooper defended the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile in his personal life, he was learning that his own daughter identified as LGBT.

Now he's helping her plan her wedding to her lesbian partner this June. The couple plans to tie the knot in Massechusetts, one of 17 states (plus D.C.) where same-sex marriage is legally recognized. I guess you could say that things change.


Cooper told the AP: 

"My daughter Ashley's path in life has led her to happiness with a lovely young woman named Casey, and our family and Casey's family are looking forward to celebrating their marriage in just a few weeks." 

In an interview for journalist Jo Becker's book on the gay marriage debate, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, Cooper said, "My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people's do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago."

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He was hired by the organization when the inevitable legal battles began after Californians voted to ban gay marriage in the 2008 election. The case famously went to the Supreme Court, with plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier challenging the law.

While Cooper defended Prop 8 in court, the couple still found themselves inspired by his family's love and acceptance of their same-sex attracted daughter.

"We were so moved to hear of the Cooper family's constant love and support of their own daughter, even as the Perry case was in full swing and Mr. Cooper was spending his days planning Prop 8's defense," Perry and Stier said. "Some may find this contrast between public and private jarring, but in our opinion, loving an LGBT child unequivocally is the single most important thing any parent can do. We are overjoyed for Ashley and her fiancée, and we wish them the very best."

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers Cooper argued against at the Supreme Court, said that his evolution on gay marriage is part of "a broader cultural shift." He said, "Every day, people around the country are looking at the marriage issue afresh and challenging their long-held assumptions."

Like I said ... things change.

Have your views on same-sex marriage shifted over the years?


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