David Boies believes the time is right for the Supreme Court to consider gay marriage.

The high court on Friday announced it would hear two cases related to marriage equality: a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and another challenging Proposition 8, California's 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay nuptials.

(Related: Supreme Court to hear gay marriage-related Prop 8, DOMA cases.)

Boies and Ted Olson are representing two gay couples in their fight to marry in California.

Appearing on CNN, Boies was asked whether the legal argument had gotten ahead of public sentiment.

“Every civil rights struggle there have been people who have said, 'You're moving too fast. Country is not ready for it,'” he said. “How many people in 1954 were saying, 'Country's not ready for desegregation? Brown against Board of Education is just too soon.'”

When the interviewer asked why go before this conservative court, Boies brushed aside the notion that only Liberals would support marriage rights for gay couples.

“The idea that civil rights and human rights is exclusively a Liberal preserve, I just think is flat wrong,” he answered. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)