Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson Hails Obama Gay Marriage Shift
The Daily Beast ^ | May 9 2012 | John Avlon

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?"...

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: avlon; civilliberty; civilrights; homosexualagenda; law; legalscholarship; nolabels; olson; rino; tedolson; torched; zot; zotworthy
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 101-103 next last
A conservative legal scholar's take.
1 posted on 05/10/2012 12:38:30 PM PDT by torchy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: torchy

And lawyers wonder why they’re universally despised in this country...


2 posted on 05/10/2012 12:40:50 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

What the heck happened to Olsen?


3 posted on 05/10/2012 12:42:23 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

Barbara Olson is rolling over in her grave


4 posted on 05/10/2012 12:42:47 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

THIS is what “happened” to Ted:
On October 21, 2006 Olson married Lady Booth, a tax attorney and native of Kentucky.[8]

[edit] PoliticsOlson was present at the first meeting of the Federalist Society.[9] He has served on the board of directors of American Spectator magazine.[10] 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.[2] Olson’s wife, Lady, has described herself as a lifelong registered Democrat.[11] She has contributed to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani. Olson served Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign as judicial committee chairman.[9]

Olson believes there is a constitutional right for same-sex marriage.[12]


5 posted on 05/10/2012 12:42:50 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

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...

ymmv


6 posted on 05/10/2012 12:44:48 PM PDT by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

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.


7 posted on 05/10/2012 12:45:22 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

Wow. Ted really lost it after losing BKO. :-(


8 posted on 05/10/2012 12:45:33 PM PDT by RMDupree (I'm not really here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

Wonderful Barbara Olsen must be turning over in her grave.

I never could figure out what she saw in this jerk.


9 posted on 05/10/2012 12:45:34 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

Kinda old news....from Dec. 2010;

“Ted Olson, Gay Marriage’s Unlikely Legal Warrior”

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/06/131792296/ted-olson-gay-marriage-s-unlikely-legal-warrior


10 posted on 05/10/2012 12:46:02 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“fellow conservatives” implies that he’s conservative.

Guess not!


11 posted on 05/10/2012 12:46:20 PM PDT by King Hawk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: torchy

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.


12 posted on 05/10/2012 12:46:38 PM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

Ted Olsen was retained by LightSquared in its battle against the FCC.

He seems to be on the wrong side of everything these days.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 12:47:07 PM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy
This is a joke right? Or are Busheys as bad as they seem in retrospect.
14 posted on 05/10/2012 12:47:41 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

I think its going to come out that the RNC is crawling with gays.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 12:47:46 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: US Navy Vet
Hmph. Should have known, another good man misled by his crotch.
16 posted on 05/10/2012 12:49:45 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: torchy

This headline needs a hurl alert!


17 posted on 05/10/2012 12:49:45 PM PDT by cblue55 (Mr. Obama, was your mother punished with a baby?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: torchy

This headline needs a hurl alert!


18 posted on 05/10/2012 12:49:45 PM PDT by cblue55 (Mr. Obama, was your mother punished with a baby?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda; Deb
Barbara Olson is rolling over in her grave

That is the truth.

RIP BKO

19 posted on 05/10/2012 12:49:46 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: kosciusko51

I’m beginning to wonder if Barbara was a beard.


20 posted on 05/10/2012 12:50:38 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 101-103 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson