Prop. 8 Defense Lawyer Reveals Daughter Is Gay & He's Planning Her Wedding
Attorney Charles Cooper, who defended California's same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, before the Supreme Court, has revealed that he learned his daughter Ashley was gay while trying the Prop. 8 case.
Cooper is now helping his daughter plan her wedding to another woman.
From The Associated Press:
"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 ten years ago," Cooper said in journalist Jo Becker's book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality."
In June, Cooper's daughter plans to marry her partner in Massachusetts, one of 17 states plus the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal. In a statement to The Associated Press, Cooper said his family "is typical of families all across America."
"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," he said.
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, are celebrating the new development, saying:
"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 Stier said in a statement to AP. "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."
Thoughts on this new revelation and the Cooper's evolution on marriage equality, Instincters?