The lawyer who defended Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court apparently has a gay daughter — and seeing her happy with another woman is helping him change his mind on marriage equality.
Attorney Charles Cooper reportedly learned that his daughter is gay while he was still handling the pivotal Prop 8 case. Like many politicians before him (er, the president, a while back) he says his views on marriage equality are “evolving,” but he has publicly stated he’s happy to be helping his daughter plan her upcoming wedding in Washington, D.C. He’s also not the first public figure whose views change after a child comes out.
"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," Cooper said in journalist Jo Becker’s book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality." …
"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," he said.
Now that’s a pretty cool turnaround. Wishing him the best in his “evolution,” and a happy wedding day for all.
Picked up our license!
i’ve never understood why people think they need permission from our government to be married. i’m not saying we should stop trying to legalize all types of marriage, and i know it’s currently an unfair universe and for some reason we thought it would be a fantastic idea to make certain forms of love illegal, but if you fall under that illegal category, just get married anyway. get down on your perfectly capable knee and propose to the human being you love and ask them to marry you, and when they say yes because you’re so great, find a priest or whatever you feel like you need to make it real and have yourself a ceremony, and invite all your cool friends and invite your cool family and fucking get married, because fuck not being able to get married. that piece of paper does not tell you you’re married. you tell you that you’re married. and when someone who doesn’t agree with you tries to argue with you about technicalities or some bullshit, just continuously say “no i promise we’re married” and trust me, in the end of that conversation they will be the ones pissed off and you will still be married.
February 8th, 2014, Steilacoom, WA
Just a few photos from our wedding day thanks to the amazing Amanda Mae Photography