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.
“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
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.”