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Conservative Star Lawyer Defends Gay Marriage

 
 
Reply Wed 19 Aug, 2009 11:19 am
From the NY Times...
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Theodore B. Olson’s office is a testament to his iconic status in the conservative legal movement. A framed photograph of Ronald Reagan, the first of two Republican presidents Mr. Olson served, is warmly inscribed with “heartfelt thanks.” Fifty-five white quills commemorate each of his appearances before the Supreme Court, where he most famously argued the 2000 election case that put George W. Bush in the White House. On the bookshelf sits a Defense Department medal honoring his legal defense of Mr. Bush’s counterterrorism policies after Sept. 11.

But in a war room down the hall, where Mr. Olson is preparing for what he believes could be the most important case of his career, the binders stuffed with briefs, case law and notes offer a different take on a man many liberals love to hate. They are filled with arguments Mr. Olson hopes will lead to a Supreme Court decision with the potential to reshape the legal and social landscape along the lines of cases like Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade: the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 19 Aug, 2009 02:15 pm
@engineer,
Interesting read. Thank you.
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Gala
 
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Reply Thu 20 Aug, 2009 07:12 am
@engineer,
I skimmed this and might have missed something...but I'm sure this guy is getting an earful from the Conservatives. Also, do you think he's reacting to how over-the-top the party has become?

I read an article (can't find it) about how the NeoConservatives enjoy going on John Stewart because he never grills them or accuses them of anything, he asks intelligent questions because he wants to know. That's my idea of the correct way to approach this division among ideologies.
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 20 Aug, 2009 07:45 am
@Gala,
I think this guy is a true libertarian type of conservative who has never bought into the effort to join forces with social conservatives. He honestly thinks government should not trample people's rights (as compared to the social conservatives who believe government should take an active role in enforcing morality.) His stance is completely consistent with libertarian views. I wonder how he came down on Bush's wiretapping programs. The article mentioned he wasn't in favor of denying war prisoners rights while in detention.
Gala
 
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Reply Thu 20 Aug, 2009 08:45 am
@engineer,
Thanks for filling in the blanks. I tend to lean in his direction when it comes to the issue of gay marriage in terms of inheritance, hospital visits etc. On a personal level, I don't think marriage is suitable for a number of people, so I'm thinking about what a big business divorce will become for gay folks as well. Yes, I am cynical...
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