Same-sex marriage stands at a historic crossroads. California waits as two same-sex couples challenge Proposition 8, which in November 2008, overturned the ruling by the California Supreme Court that gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry under the California Constitution. The final decision by the United States District Court in San Francisco will impact families of all sizes, shapes and colors—setting the stage for the future of marriage equality in the United States.
Gay, newlywed and a new father, Christopher C. Fowler—attorney at Los Angeles-based business law firm Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Incorporated—is personally and deeply invested in the current case’s outcome. Fowler and his husband were one of 18,000 couples to wed within the six-month window when same-sex marriage was legal in California. Then, on Nov. 4, 2008—the same day Proposition 8 passed—while out campaigning against the ballot measure, Fowler learned that they’d been matched with the birthparents of their future son.
“I am cautiously optimistic that Judge Walker will decide that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, that its creators sponsored the ballot measure out of animus to the LGBT community. Under several important United States Supreme Court cases, Prop. 8 is in violation of U.S. constitutional law, withholding a basic, fundamental, legal right to which every American is entitled—gay or straight.”
– Christopher C. Fowler, attorney, Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff
ABOUT RUTTER HOBBS & DAVIDOFF: Los Angeles-based Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Incorporated is a full-service law firm founded in 1973. Litigator Christopher C. Fowler serves among the firm’s seasoned attorneys representing middle market companies, early stage entities, large corporations and individuals in matters involving business litigation and dispute resolution; corporate and securities; bankruptcy, reorganization and capital recovery; estate planning and trust litigation; family law; intellectual property, advertising and promotions; Internet and new media; labor and employment; and, real estate. The firm’s diverse team of attorneys and experienced, tenured staff collaborates to deliver consistently excellent service in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information, please visit http://www.rutterhobbs.com/.