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Hollingsworth v. Perry.

  • CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Mr. Olson?
  • TED OLSON: Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court, I know that you will want me to spend a moment or two to address the standing question, but before I do that, I thought it would be important for this Court to have Proposition 8 put in context. What it does. It walls off gay(s) and lesbians from marriage -- the most important relation in life, according to this Court -- thus stigmatizing a class of Californians based upon their status and labeling their most cherished relationships as second-rate, different, unequal, and not okay.
  • JUSTICE ROBERTS (interjecting): Mr. Olson, I cut off your friend before he could get to the merits --
  • OLSON: I was trying to avoid that, Your Honor.
  • (Laughter from the gallery.)