Skip to comments.Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson Hails Obama Gay Marriage Shift
Posted on 05/10/2012 12:38:27 PM PDT by torchy
..."I am gratified that the president has thrown his personal support and the authority of the presidency behind the goal of justice, equality, and decency for all citizens," said Ted Olson, founder of the Federalist Society and former Bush administration solicitor general..
I called Olson on Wednesday to get the conservative legal leader's take on the North Carolina gay-marriage ban at the ballot and the way it sets up a Supreme Court showdown, possibly as early as 2013--no matter who is president.
Olson has stern words for his fellow conservatives who flooded the polls on Tuesday, making North Carolina the 30th state to enshrine a ban on gay marriage in its state constitution.
"It is very sad to me that people who belong to the party of Abraham Lincoln are resisting so strenuously the equality and decency and integrity and treatment of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters," Olson said. "This seems to be one of the last major civil-rights battles of our country. And for people in our country to come out in numbers like this and say, Well, we don't want the persons next door--who are decent, God-fearing, taxpaying, obeying-the-law citizens who simply want to have happiness like the rest of us'--to say No, I have that right and you can't have it.' That just seems mean to me."..
This is a profile-in-courage moment for President Obama, but it comes with considerable political risks. The decision recalls a moment of White House history that came to light in the fourth volume of Robert Caro's LBJ biography. When cautioned by advisers that advancing civil rights might be moral but would not be politically pragmatic in 1964, the new president leaned back in his chair and said, "Well, what the hell's the presidency for?"...
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And lawyers wonder why they’re universally despised in this country...
What the heck happened to Olsen?
Barbara Olson is rolling over in her grave
THIS is what “happened” to Ted:
On October 21, 2006 Olson married Lady Booth, a tax attorney and native of Kentucky.
 PoliticsOlson was present at the first meeting of the Federalist Society. He has served on the board of directors of American Spectator magazine. Olson was a prominent critic of Bill Clinton’s presidency, and he helped prepare the attorneys of Paula Jones prior to their Supreme Court appearance. Olson’s wife, Lady, has described herself as a lifelong registered Democrat. She has contributed to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani. Olson served Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign as judicial committee chairman.
Olson believes there is a constitutional right for same-sex marriage.
conservative legal scholar’
....Olson hasn’t been conservative in a long time... pure NWO and is probably gay himself. Yes, I know he remarried, but then look at 0baMao... He’s been on the wrong side of most issues since ‘01. Worked to undo the will of the voters in CA helping overturn Prop 8...
Ted is enlightened. I have a suspicion that he will be a bit less enlightened with polygamy but he will eventually come around. Of course his enlightenment turns to condescending bitchiness when it comes to those who hold that marriage is a man/woman thing but that’s the norm among the enlightened.
Wow. Ted really lost it after losing BKO. :-(
Wonderful Barbara Olsen must be turning over in her grave.
I never could figure out what she saw in this jerk.
Kinda old news....from Dec. 2010;
“Ted Olson, Gay Marriage’s Unlikely Legal Warrior”
“fellow conservatives” implies that he’s conservative.
There are certainly plenty of conservatives who are not churched, not Christian, or nominally Christian based upon their particular strain of the facts and on the facts. ;)
That the state of marriage was ever considered a sacrament by not only the Catholic Church, but virtually all other so called mainline churches in America, is simply a fact not well known in the USA any longer.
Ignorance and faithlessness today abounds and makes it easy to be both conservative and liberal at the same time, on every issue of consequence.
Ted Olsen was retained by LightSquared in its battle against the FCC.
He seems to be on the wrong side of everything these days.
I think its going to come out that the RNC is crawling with gays.
This headline needs a hurl alert!
This headline needs a hurl alert!
That is the truth.
I’m beginning to wonder if Barbara was a beard.
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