John Roberts, President Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court, donated legal work on behalf of gay-rights groups that helped them win a landmark 1996 case before that panel, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While he was a private attorney, Roberts helped prepare the attorneys arguing on the side of gay-rights groups in Romer v. Evans. That decision overturned a Colorado law that struck down all local gay-rights provisions. Justices in the 6-3 majority said the law violated gay Coloradoans’ constitutional right to equal protection.
Romer v. Evans was considered the most important legal victory for the gay-rights movement to that point. It provided some of the legal basis for the Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, which invalidated laws banning gay sex.