George Takei and Lt. Gov. Newsom to appear at Commonwealth Club of California

As California marks the first anniversary of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, actor/activist George Takei introduces California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in conversation with co-authors David Boies and Theodore B. Olson of newly published "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality."

The event, hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, is to take place at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel on June 26, 2014, exactly one year after the court's ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

About the presenters

Takei is well-known for his appearances on the television series Star Trek is an activist for gay rights and same-sex marriage. With more than seven million followers on Facebook, the California-based star appears on MSNBC and via other media outlets as an expert guest.

Newsom is the former mayor of San Francisco who gained national attention in 2004 as an early advocate for same-sex marriage. He was elected as lieutenant governor in 2010.

Both co-authors were selected by Time magazine in 2010 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

David Boies is the most prominent trial lawyer in the United States and has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent history, including Westmoreland v. CBS, United States v. Microsoft, and Bush v. Gore. Boies is Chairman, Boies, Schiller, and Flexner LLP.

Theodore B. Olson is the premier appellate lawyer in the country. He has argued 60 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Bush v. Gore and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Olson is Partner, Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher.

The back story

In an interesting twist, Boies and Olson argued against one other in the case of Bush v. Gore, all the way to the Supreme Court, before joining forces on the matter of same sex marriage to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day.

They will discuss the story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gay couples to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption in 2008 to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.


Attendees may arrive from 5:15 p.m. to check in for the 6 p.m. program, which is followed by a book signing in the Fairmont's Grand Ballroom, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco. Tickets are $25 for members of the general pubic or $15 for members of the Commonwealth Club, $10 for students (with valid ID). Premium tickets which include priority seating and a copy of the book are priced at $60 non-members, $45 members.