A campaign finance report that Cuccinelli filed with the Virginia State Board of Elections on Tuesday noted former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson gave $1,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign on Sept. 3. Olson, who served in the position under then-President George W. Bush from 2001-2004, contributed to Cuccinelli’s campaign less than a month before the American Foundation for Equal Rights announced that lawyers representing Timothy Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Richmond asked him and David Boies to join their case.
Olson and Boies in March argued against the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices in June struck down the state’s voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.
Olson noted during a Sept. 30 press conference in D.C. at which AFER formally announced his and Boies’ involvement in the Bostic case that Thomas Jefferson and many of the country’s other founding fathers are from the commonwealth.
“Of all places in the United States, Virginia should recognize the rights of equality,” Olson said. “Men and women in that state have the same basic fundamental underlying freedoms that everyone in America has.”
Cuccinelli reaffirmed his opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples during a Sept. 25 debate against former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe in McLean. Cuccinelli referenced the Bostic case and a second lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Virginia filed in August on behalf of two lesbian couples from Richmond and Staunton who had been denied marriage licenses as he said he would defend the state constitution as governor.
“We have two lawsuits running now on this matter,” Cuccinelli said. “And the duty of the attorney general and the duty of the governor is to defend our constitution.”
Neither Olson nor AFER immediately returned the Washington Blade’s request for comment.