Arguing for the ban to be reversed was conservative jurist Ted Olson, who served as U.S. solicitor general under former President George W. Bush. He partnered with David Boies, his adversary in the 2000 Supreme Court decision that put Bush in the White House.
Throughout the case, Olson and Boies argued that the ban discriminated against one segment of the population by denying them the fundamental right to marry and that same sex marriage was no threat to heterosexuals.
I can’t think of two lawyers I respect more (Olson’s wife Barbara was murdered on 9/11 and died bravely) and as a divorced father, I have nothing legitimate to say on the sanctimony of marriage. My personal opinion is that, if two people love each other and want to marry, the state should have no say in the matter. But maybe the state should have no say in marriage to begin with – civil unions, yes, but leave the rest to churches.