Transcript: Remarks by attorney Theodore Boutrous on the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage

Transcript of remarks by Theodore Boutrous, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher on behalf of Ted Olsen, on the Supreme Court’s decisions to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor and to reject the appeal of Proposition 8 proponents in Hollingsworth v. Perry on June 26, 2013:

…My law partner, Ted Olsen, is in court, as David mentioned. So I want to say a few words. First of all, Proposition 8 is dead. Let’s let the weddings begin. People could get married in California…

And the two decisions together…really pave the way for what Chad Griffin just said – marriage equality in this country.

Now with California back – with marriage equality back in California, 40% of the population in the United States is covered by marriage equality.

And the DOMA decision – the framework that is laid out by the court in DOMA paves the way for striking down marriage restrictions across this country.

So this is a huge day. We’re so pleased.

And it’s a great day for the Supreme Court. The court has demonstrated its commitment to equality and justice and fairness, found that gay and lesbian citizens cannot be treated unequally, cannot be treated like second class citizens. That’s a fundamental point and it’s going to carry the day.

The wave that started four years ago in this country towards equality just got way bigger and it’s going to sweep this country and we’re going to have equality across this country for all citizens very soon.

Thank you very much.

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