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Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement
Burnt Orange Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Omar Araiza

Posted on 06/30/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad."

Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine):

"Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is pervasive. We're seeing marriage under assault in the courts, including, sadly, the Supreme Court of the United States. It struck down the California marriage laws. California had a referendum. They asked the voters of California, 'Do you want marriage to be a traditional marriage between one man and one woman?' And the voters of California -- those crazy right-wing kooks -- said, 'Yes, now that you mention it, we like marriage to be between one man and one woman!' Went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court said, 'You can't say that,' and struck it down. You want to know what judicial activism is? Judicial activism is judges imposing their policy preferences on the words of the Constitution."

Olson thought Ted Cruz's comments on gay marriage made the junior Senator sound like he was stuck in the past. Specifically, in the 1960's, when supporters of interracial marriage bans spewed the same arguments Cruz now reiterates against gay marriage.

Remarks by Olson and video below the jump.

Ted Olson's remarks on Ted Cruz (emphasis mine):

It's the same sort of thing that people said forty-some years ago when the Supreme Court overturned the laws of 17 states, supported by two-thirds of the population of the United States, that made it a felony to marry someone of a different race. That case, called Loving v. Virginia, is a landmark in the jurisprudence of the SC, striking down as unconstitutional a law that would have prevented the president's mother and father from getting married and being in Virginia at the time that he was born.

It's a sad thing when people don't understand that the people cannot vote away the rights of minorities, that people cannot engraft into their constitution provisions that discriminate against a segment of our society - whether that be persons of a particular race or nationality, or laws that discriminate against women. We've had hundreds and hundreds of laws that have discriminated against women over the years that the Supreme Court has struck down. Ted Cruz is just plain wrong about that and it's unfortunate because that is not and should not be the future of the Republican Party.

Let's hope one-term Cruz will get the hint.

Olson later appeared on Huffpost Live arguing LGBT rights is the civil rights issue of our times. Take a look below:

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)


TOPICS: Texas; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: civilrights; cruz; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexualmarriage; racism; samesexmarriage; tedcruz; tedolson
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He'll only be "one-term Cruz" because he'll have moved on to a higher position.
1 posted on 06/30/2014 3:49:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I shake my head....Olsen who I thought was brilliant has turned to jello.


2 posted on 06/30/2014 3:52:13 PM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: svcw

I think maybe the wrong Olsen was on that flight on 9/11....


3 posted on 06/30/2014 3:53:36 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: svcw

Ted, Muslims murdered your wife. You might find other more pressing issues to prosecute than queers getting it on.


4 posted on 06/30/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: svcw

I’m begginning to think that 99% of Washington DC has taken it up the ole kadinkapipe!


5 posted on 06/30/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Two points:

The left (both the DemocRATS and the GOPe)FEARS Ted Cruz mightily.

I liked Ted Olson’s wife (Barbara, who was killed in the 9/11 plane that was crashed into the Pentagon) but feel that Olson himself is just a legal “whore” who says whatever his clients want him to.


6 posted on 06/30/2014 3:54:38 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Two points:

The left (both the DemocRATS and the GOPe)FEARS Ted Cruz mightily.

I liked Ted Olson’s wife (Barbara, who was killed in the 9/11 plane that was crashed into the Pentagon) but feel that Olson himself is just a legal “whore” who says whatever his clients want him to.


7 posted on 06/30/2014 3:54:39 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So when does he fight for polygamy too, and then marry kids, your own kids at that?\\\\

\Shut up Olson


8 posted on 06/30/2014 3:55:04 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So when does he fight for polygamy too, and then marry kids, your own kids at that?\\\\

\Shut up Olson


9 posted on 06/30/2014 3:55:09 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

After all 57 states have legal sodomy institutionalized, I would think.


10 posted on 06/30/2014 3:57:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Olsen is a dolt and a liar
he can’t shjow ONE single anti gay remark by Senator Cruz.
The posters on here who said the wrong Olsen was on the plane got it right


11 posted on 06/30/2014 3:58:11 PM PDT by RWGinger
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL.


12 posted on 06/30/2014 3:59:03 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
a law that would have prevented the president's mother and father from getting married and being in Virginia at the time that he was born.

If only.

13 posted on 06/30/2014 3:59:40 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Degenerate scumbag.

Such a shame Ted wasn’t in that plane instead of his wife.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 4:00:04 PM PDT by greene66
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To: greene66

Ted may be “coming out” since his beard died.


15 posted on 06/30/2014 4:04:23 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Strange and misguided soul, that Ted Olson.


16 posted on 06/30/2014 4:05:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Psalm 73

I think maybe the wrong Olsen was on that flight on 9/11...

ditto


17 posted on 06/30/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He has REALLY gone off the deep end! Olson that is.


18 posted on 06/30/2014 4:07:17 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: svcw

“Olsen who I thought was brilliant has turned to jello.”

I do not think you are wrong - he is quite a smart guy. Many of the ruling class/elites are very intelligent.

It’s wisdom that they lack. And virtue as well. Without those two qualities in a man or a woman all you have is a useful tool for satan.


19 posted on 06/30/2014 4:08:03 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
>> Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad." <<

I find the fact that Ted Olson still calls himself a "Republican" lawyer to be "very, very sad."

Time to come out of the closet and register as a Democrat, Ted. You've had enough time cheerleading for their agenda constantly while pretending to be "our" side.

20 posted on 06/30/2014 4:14:36 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

21 posted on 06/30/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Viennacon
Ernst Röhm would've liked that.
22 posted on 06/30/2014 4:17:39 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Psalm 73

You got that right. What a disgrace he has become.Its got to be the water,drugs or boose.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 4:18:01 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They need to stop calling Ted Olsen a Republican


24 posted on 06/30/2014 4:19:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: workerbee

I think Ted went over the edge because of that.


25 posted on 06/30/2014 4:21:00 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Psalm 73
Barbara Olson was Ted's third wife, so without being judgemental I think it's pretty safe to say that his ideas about the sanctity of marriage aren't quite the same as those who would call themselves "the Religious Right" in this country.
26 posted on 06/30/2014 4:21:23 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child

I think Ronald Reagan had two wives, and Ted Olson was his lawyer. How do you read those tea leaves?


27 posted on 06/30/2014 4:27:31 PM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is Ted Olson gay now? This crusade of his is bizaroo-world.


28 posted on 06/30/2014 4:34:57 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barbara Olsen is ROLLING OVER IN HER GRAVE!!!


29 posted on 06/30/2014 4:36:12 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ilgipper

Guessing that his STEP KIDS from his THIRD MARRIAGE are GAY!!!


30 posted on 06/30/2014 4:37:06 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: billhilly

I read those tea leaves like this...When Mike Reagan came and spoke to our Tea Party, he gave us the scoop on his Dad’s first marriage.

He told us that it was Jane Wyman who wanted the divorce, not Reagan. He said his father tried to keep the marriage together, but she no longer wanted to be married to him.

It broke his heart.


31 posted on 06/30/2014 4:41:10 PM PDT by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)
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To: bimboeruption

Since you are relating things from your own experience, here is mine. My wife and I were invited guests to Barbara and Ted Olson’s wedding. We were friends of both.


32 posted on 06/30/2014 4:46:09 PM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Unlike race which is a characteristic of the physical body, society experiences a person's sexuality through their behavior. And society has the right to take behavior into account when making law. This makes homosexuality and race fundamentally different when it comes to how society defines marriage. The same logic does not apply to both. Thus it's entirely possible for Cruz to make a valid argument against homosexual marriage that would have been invalid if made against interracial marriage. The fact that he's making it does not make him a bigot or retrograde; it makes him correct.
33 posted on 06/30/2014 4:48:42 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: svcw

Barbara Olsen would not agree


34 posted on 06/30/2014 4:50:55 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: billhilly

She was a likable woman. Of course my only encounters with her were through my TV.


35 posted on 06/30/2014 4:53:08 PM PDT by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)
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To: Alberta's Child
Barbara Olson's successor and Ted's fourth and current wife Lady Booth Olson is apparently quite the die-hard liberal and lifelong democrat.
36 posted on 06/30/2014 4:55:40 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: billhilly

I’m not reading the tea leaves at all, except to suggest that Ted Olson’s idea of what constitutes a “marriage” is a hell of a lot different than mine.


37 posted on 06/30/2014 4:59:07 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Menehune56

I’m not the least bit surprised to hear that. I think a lot of career Beltway @ssholes have leftist spouses.


38 posted on 06/30/2014 5:00:08 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just lost all respect for Olson. It is no way analagous to racism. One’s race is an immutable characteristic of human beings and should never be used to discriminate. Alternatively, one’s sexual behavior is a personal choice, despite claims that individuals are born gay. The bottom line is that society has a right to define marriage as a union between a man and woman.


39 posted on 06/30/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Olson is a social liberal. However, he is a very, very good lawyer.


40 posted on 06/30/2014 5:14:58 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six

I think George W. Bush would agree.


41 posted on 06/30/2014 5:21:36 PM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How would he know? He wasn't in the Movement. One thing that was very striking about it was the enormous involvement of black churches in the South and white churches in the rest of the country and white ministers from outside of the South who went south to participate, all believing the biblical teaching that marriage was between a man and woman.

As one who was there and heard those involved, I find this an insult to those who made the Movement a success, black and white. Almost all of the blacks of Mississippi who were involved at great risk would not agree with Ted.

42 posted on 06/30/2014 5:48:15 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: Alberta's Child
"Barbara Olson was Ted's third wife,..."

Did not know that.
I had read her book that summer before 9-11.
Always thought of her as one of the Patriots. Ted - meh.

43 posted on 06/30/2014 5:50:03 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
Hey, Ted -- Being black isn't a "lifestyle." If a black person doesn't declare that he's black, people don't go around wondering whether he is or not. And being black doesn't DEFINE a behavior that the Almighty specifically warned against the Bible!!! Hello, TED?????? Anybody home?????????

A non-celibate homosexual BY DEFINITION is engaging in specific lifestyle that, incidentally, is a Biblical sin. Any homosexual must DECLARE that he or she is homosexual, otherwise, in the course of normal events, no one would likely know the person was homosexual anymore than they would know if the person liked broccoli or butternut squash!

Since when is it "anti-gay" to oppose forced-by-government COOPERATION with a DECLARED LIFESTYLE? When the same "anti-gay" person would say, "It's none of my business" if a local baker bakes a cake for a pretend homosexual 'wedding' or if a local business owner decides to extend spousal benefits to homosexual employees -- just don't expect me to do the same." How is that "anti gay," exactly?

And Ted Olson is a Republican! A Republican who apparently believes that it is government's job to FORCE all Americans to accommodate pretend homosexual "marriage" as if it was the same as genuine marriage between man and woman!

WAY TOO MANY Republicans, from Romney to Olson to Cochran to McConnell, advocate the very things, such as using government to FORCE me to accommodate open homosexuals, that I've been voting Republican all of my adult life to PREVENT!

One more sign that the Republican party is in its death throes. I wish it wasn't, but if wishes were fishes, we'd have some fried.

44 posted on 06/30/2014 5:51:05 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Psalm 73; svcw

I seriously doubt Barbara would have approved of Ted’s opinion!!!


45 posted on 06/30/2014 6:08:20 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Ted: The truth doesn't evolve...it doesn't change.

If God found sodomy to be an abomination in Leviticus...chances are He feels the same way now.

Just saying...

46 posted on 06/30/2014 6:19:46 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: billhilly

Since you are a friend of Ted Olson’s can you tell us what is wrong with him?


48 posted on 06/30/2014 6:33:49 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The wrong Olson was on that plane on 9-11.


49 posted on 06/30/2014 6:34:17 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Menehune56

I don’t understand how any real conservative would ever marry a flaming liberal. Liberalism is founded on the rejection of both God & natural law.

“You know that your bodies are parts of the body of Christ. Shall I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of the body of a prostitute? Impossible! Or perhaps you don’t know that the man who joins his body to a prostitute becomes physically one with her? The scripture says quite plainly, “The two will become one body.”


50 posted on 06/30/2014 6:43:37 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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