David Boies believes the Supreme Court will hear an appeal on Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and overturn it.

In comments before receiving an award from the University of San Francisco Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation on Friday, Boies said he believes the court will rule in his clients' favor by a majority greater than 5-4.

“I believe we will get more than five votes,” he said. “This is a civil rights case of the same importance as Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia.”

“I think the justices have a history of coming together and rising above their personal views to enforce the Constitution's guarantees of equality.”

Voters in 2008 approved Proposition 8, overruling the state Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for gay couples in California. The measure's sponsors appealed to the Supreme Court after lower courts ruled the amendment unconstitutional.

The high court is expected to decide later this month whether it will hear the case.

“If I have to make a prediction, I would predict the court will hear our case,” Boies said. “If they take it, I think we will win.”

(Source: Bay City News.)