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Book: Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughter's gay wedding

The conservative lawyer who defended California's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter's upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony.

Charles Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and onetime "Republican lawyer of the year," learned of his daughter's sexual orientation during the legal battle over California's Proposition 8, according to journalist Jo Becker's soon-to-be-released book chronicling the movement to legalize same-sex marriage.

Ashley Lininger became engaged to a woman identified in the book only as Casey just after the Supreme Court accepted the Proposition 8 case in December 2012. Cooper, a noted Supreme Court practitioner, argued the case in March 2013.

The court ruled against Cooper's clients, saying they did not have legal standing to challenge a federal district judge's ruling that the ban was unconstitutional. Same-sex marriages then resumed in the nation's most populous state.

Cooper told Becker he did not think it appropriate to comment on how he would vote on the issue should he have the opportunity. "What I will say only is that 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 10 years ago," Cooper is quoted as saying.

Book: Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughter's gay wedding 04/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:45pm]
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