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Marriage equality pioneer visits Louisville

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Boies was invited to town for Q&A on marriage equality with the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum. Boies was invited to town for Q&A on marriage equality with the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A pioneer in the fight for marriage equality is visiting Louisville this week.

David Boies has been connected to some of the most high profile legal cases in the country, but says fighting for marriage equality is the biggest fight of his life.

"We're a family in many respects - just like any other family," said Greg Bourke.

Greg Bourke says the only difference between his family and most "traditional" families is that he has two children and a husband -- not a wife.

"My husband and I have been together for 33 years, we just celebrated our anniversary," said Bourke.

The couple was married in Canada in 2004, but back in their home state of Kentucky, the marriage is not legal.

"I think this is the most important fight that I've ever been in," said David Boies, Hollingsworth V. Perry Attorney.

The nationally known attorney is fighting for marriage equality for couples in several states, including Kentucky.

"Kentucky is one of the states whose case is actually going to be heard in the United States Supreme Court," Boies said.

Boies was invited to town for Q&A on marriage equality with the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

He said, "We now have marriage equality in the vast majority of states."

Boies said marriage equality in states like Florida, Virginia, the Carolinas and Utah has been successful.

"These are states where everybody said marriage equality will never work, people will be up in arms, the sky will be falling. Well, what happened? Had marriage equality and nothing happened except everybody got to marry the person they loved."

Next month, several Louisville couples, including Bourke and his spouse, will become part of history when the U. S. Supreme Court decides whether gay couples have a right to marry.

"We define marriage in the constitution as it has always been defined," said Martin Cothran, with The Family Foundation of Kentucky.

Cothran says his organization maintains marriage is between a man and a woman.

"We're the ones who pressed for the constitutional amendment that is now in our constitution and is now being challenged in courts."

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in April and is expected to make a decision in June.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Boies would go in front of the Supreme Court on behalf of Kentucky couples. Boies is not listed as an attorney to appear before the Supreme Court April 28. 

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