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Theodore Olson, the lead lawyer for the gay couples attempting to… - Hawk's Eyrie
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Theodore Olson, the lead lawyer for the gay couples attempting to overturn Prop 8[1], has written a must-read piece for Newsweek entitled The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage.

The bottom line truth is that marriage is more than just procreation. It's a relationship that can be entered into for reasons of love, wealth, stability, children, health care... the list can go on and on. The "traditional" definition of marriage that is being used is a modern religious conservative interpretation of marriage that - by their definition - codifies second class citizenship for gays and lesbians.

It's been proven time and again that separate is not equal. Equal means having the same rights at the table as everyone else, not being shunted off to a different table with different rights that are kinda similar to what everyone at the other table has, but are nowhere near as comprehensive.

The blinders that do not see that need to be ripped forcibly off.

[1]Better known as the lead lawyer for Bush in Bush v Gore.

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merhawk From: merhawk Date: January 13th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I've been told that Bill Maher has said something similar.

As has BF. He likes to comment that y'all should have every right to be just as miserable as the two of us.
jsbowden From: jsbowden Date: January 13th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Chris Rock.
smittywing From: smittywing Date: January 13th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
One of the things tha fills me with hope for this case is that the other significant counsel for the plaintiff was the lead counsel for Gore in Bush v. Gore.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: January 13th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Ah! That's where he's from.

I was concerned at first with this going to the Supreme Court, given it's current makeup. However, hearing some of the trial gives me hope that if this gets appealed to there, it will be overturned.

For Elath's sake, people - the ATTORNEY GENERAL of California refuses to defend this because his office considers it discriminatory. The ignorance of the many is not enough to restrict the rights of the few, especially when those few are in consensual relationships.
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smittywing From: smittywing Date: January 13th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I was just pleased that two people with otherwise such different political philosophies could agree to work together on the plaintiff's side of the case.
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stoneself From: stoneself Date: January 13th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
zomg, why did i start reading the comments?
merhawk From: merhawk Date: January 13th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Wow. There's some good people fighting the fight there, but the level of bigotry & ignorance... *winces*

Makes me wonder if they even read the article, or just saw the title & decided to spew all over the comments.
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mhnicholson From: mhnicholson Date: January 13th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I didn't. That way lies madness.
mhnicholson From: mhnicholson Date: January 13th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Conservative enjoyed a reputation for deep thought just a few decades ago. This is the sort of person who could reclaim that mantle. The bigots won't see it, but this is the first sign of the resurrection of the GOP.

Imagine if we were to get another Eisenhower out of them instead of another Reagan.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: January 15th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Imagine if we were to get another Eisenhower out of them instead of another Reagan.

That would be so very nice.
mjschaef From: mjschaef Date: January 14th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
My favorite quote:
"We do not tell persons who have a legitimate claim to wait until the time is "right" and the populace is "ready" to recognize their equality and equal dignity under the law."
merhawk From: merhawk Date: January 15th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
That is a great quote.
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