Skip to comments.GOP's Olson: Gay Marriage Going to Supreme Court (Ted Olson fighting for legalization)
Posted on 07/03/2009 1:06:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
SAN FRANCISCO - The attorney representing two same-sex couples who were denied a right to wed in California said on Thursday he expected the case to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has yet to hear a case on the gay marriage issue.
"When it does get to the United States Supreme Court, we expect to win," Theodore Olson, who was solicitor general under former President George W. Bush, told reporters after the first hearing on federal lawsuit that was filed in May.
A high court ruling potentially could trump state laws prohibiting same-sex unions. Five out of 50 U.S. states have legalized gay marriage, which opponents view as a threat to what they view as the traditional family.
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker used the preliminary hearing scheduled in the case to urge both parties to move to trial swiftly as possible.
Walker similarly predicted the closely watched proceedings in his courtroom were "only prelude to what happens later."
"I'm reasonably sure given the issues involved and the personalities in this courtroom this case is only touching down this court," Walker said. "It will have a life after this court."
The battle over gay marriage has been especially arduous in California, which has historically stood at the forefront of changing social mores.
The federal lawsuit that claims California denies gays their constitutional right to marry was filed days before the state's top court backed a ban on gay marriage. Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that limits marriage to man-and-woman couples, was passed by voters in November.
In May 2008, California's Supreme Court struck down a state law barring same-sex marriage, leading 18,000 same-sex couples to marry. Those marriages remain valid, the same court ruled in May, even as it upheld the voter-backed ban on gay marriage.
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Would his dear departed wife be smiling from heaven on him as he does this?
Does this honor her memory?
It seems that he has gone the same route as Goldwater: conservative marries liberal, adopts her views.
Is this Barbara Olson’s husband?
It was a dark day for America when Barbara Olsen died. It apparently caused her hubby to go off the deep end and Romneybot Ann Coulter to steal the stage and designate herself as a successor.
I could probably say this a hundred more times this year, but will this be “enough is enough we’ll start our own country and you liberals do the same”. I won’t be forced to accept what I think is detestable.
Sorry Barbara. God what a disgusting betrayal of her memory.
No surprise, really. There is no real difference between the Dems and Republicans. They are quite happy to work together when it enriches or empowers them both. Most of them cannot be trusted.
“These men (in government), in point of fact, are seldom if ever moved by anything rationally describable as public spirit; there is actually no more public spirit among them than among so many burglars or street-walkers.”
~ H.L. Mencken
I agree with you!... THAT IS WHY we, the people, finally...thanks to the Internet, can band together and have some voice in this process of electing our officials. That is what this @%^$ about Sanford is all about... "raising the bar" on our politicians. I mean, what can we expect from person lacking in character or convictions? Nothing!...
I like Palin (not crazy about her), because of what she represents... that IT IS POSSIBLE to be an authentic decent person and a politician at the same time... She represents something new, fresh and something CLEAN, for a politician... and we like that :)
Just goes to show that virtually any politician/person of influence can be bought and sold nowadays.
His new wife is a redistered Democrat and about 20 years younger than himself. Barbara must be turning over in her grave at the betrayal of her principles.
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