In March 2013, conservative lawyer Charles J. Cooper stood before the Supreme Court defending Proposition 8, California’s then-ban on same-sex marriage. Now, just over a year later, Cooper is helping plan his daughter’s same-sex wedding and says his views on the issue are evolving.
The surprise announcement comes in reporter Jo Becker’s upcoming book on the battle over marriage equality.
“What I will say only is that 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 told Becker in an excerpt obtained by the Washington Post .
Describing one’s views on marriage law as “evolving” entered the popular lexicon in connection to how President Obama described his own views on the issue during the 2012 presidential election. Other political leaders including Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman have used similar language to describe their own policy changesRead More »from Lawyer who defended California gay marriage ban says views evolving after daughter comes out