John Podesta and Robert Levy (pictured), the heads of the progressive Center for American
Progress and the libertarian Cato Institute, respectively, will cochair the advisory board of the American Foundation for
Equal Rights, which launched the ongoing federal court challenge to Proposition 8. Podesta and Levy wrote an op-ed published
Tuesday in The Washington Post,
where they called for marriage equality
for all couples.
“Although we serve,
respectively, as president of a progressive and chairman of a libertarian think tank, we are not joining the foundation’s
advisory board to present a ‘bipartisan’ front,” writePodesta and Levy.
“Rather, we have come together in a nonpartisan fashion because the principle of equality before the law transcends
the left-right divide and cuts to the core of our nation’s character. This is not about politics; it’s about an
indispensable right vested in all Americans.”
arguments in the Prop 8 case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger,
for next Wednesday in a federal court in California. The case appears likely to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.