San Francisco, Calif., Jun 17, 2010 / 18:05 pm
On Wednesday lawyers made their final arguments in a federal case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. While Maggie Gallagher, a major defender of traditional marriage said she expected the lower court to overturn the decision, she was confident of victory at the Supreme Court.
Prop. 8, a 2008 ballot measure which restored the definition of marriage to being between a man and a woman, has been challenged by same-sex couples who claim it violates their civil rights.
Theodore Olson, U.S. Solicitor General during the President George W. Bush administration, spoke on behalf of the plaintiffs.
He contended that the ballot measure was discriminatory against homosexual couples, arguing that tradition or fears of harm to unions between men and women were legally insufficient grounds, the Associated Press reports.