After learning his own child was gay, Charles Cooper – the lawyer that argued in favor of upholding Proposition 8 in front of the Supreme Court in California – said his own views on same-sex marriage have changed.
According to the Huffington Post, Cooper learned his step-daughter was a lesbian while handling the case. Now he is helping her plan her wedding.
“My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people’s do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it 10 years ago,” Cooper said in Jo Becker’s book Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality.
Ashely Lininger will marry Casey Cole this June in Massachusetts.
“My daughter Ashley’s path in life has led her to happiness with a lovely young woman named Casey, and our family and Casey’s family are looking forward to celebrating their marriage in just a few weeks,” Cooper said.
In 2008, Cooper was hired by ProtectMarriage.com to defend Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. Cooper defended the law with David Boies and Ted Olson. Cooper isn’t the only one changing his views on marriage equality, and in fact is proving a point that many views evolve each day.
“Every day, people around the country are looking at the marriage issue afresh and challenging their long-held assumptions,” Olson said.
Similarly, Vice President Dick Cheney started to voice support for same-sex marriage when learning his daughter was a lesbian. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, also changed his views on same-sex marriage after learning his son was gay.
Becker says that Cooper’s family even started seeing Prop 8 plaintiffs, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier as inspirations for their own daughter.
“We were so moved to hear of the Cooper family’s constant love and support of their own daughter, even as the Perry case was in full swing and Mr. Cooper was spending his days planning Prop 8’s defense,” Perry and Steir said. “Some may find this contrast between public and private jarring, but in our opinion, loving an LGBT child unequivocally is the single most important thing any parent can do. We are overjoyed for Ashley and her fiancee, and we wish them the very best.”