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SallyMander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:10 AM
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An Odd Couple Defends Couples That Some (Oddly) Find Odd

Maureen Dowd does a great job with this one -- Ted Olson and David Boies on defending equal marriage rights...

Ted Olson and David Boies, so what are they up to? Olson laughed, summarizing the confusion and conspiracy theories that their union inspired.

As the sun set on the Bay Bridge behind him and the curtain dropped on the first week of the dramatic trial to challenge the constitutionality of the states ban on same-sex marriage, Olson reviewed the case: Were going to explain why allowing same-sex couples to have that same right that the rest of us have is not going to hurt heterosexual marriages. It has no point at all except some people dont want to recognize gays and lesbians as normal, as human beings.

...

I asked Olson if he misted up, as many in the courtroom did, when Jeff Zarrillo, a 36-year-old manager at AMC Entertainment, testified that he loved his partner probably more than I love myself.

Yes, Olson replied, noting that he finds himself getting weepy a lot, including when a bright lawyer in his Washington law firm approached him in the library to tell him she was a lesbian mother of two and she was grateful to him.

I think theres something the matter with you if you dont care enough to feel the suffering that theyve been through and if youre not emotionally upset about the fact that were doing an immense amount of harm to people, he said. Were not treating them like Americans. Were not treating them like citizens.


Read the whole article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17dowd.html?s...
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:08 AM
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1. Newsweek also had a terrific article by Ted this week!
He is so damn intelligent and articulate. I was truly impressed.

Thanks for posting this, my dear SallyMander!

K&R

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SallyMander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:48 AM
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2. I loved this quote from Boies too:

" I asked the lawyers if they were disappointed that the president who had once raised such hope in the gay community now seemed behind the curve.

'Damned right,' Boies snapped. 'I hope my Democratic president will catch up to my conservative Republican co-counsel.' "


Hope you're having a nice weekend, Peggy! :hi:
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:23 PM
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3. And Dick Cheney for that matter
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:33 PM
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4. I am, thanks, sweetie!
That's a great quote. I never expected Obama to be behind the curve on this issue, dammit.

:hi:

Hope you're having a nice weekend too!

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M155Y_A1CH Donating Member (921 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 12:51 AM
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5. Kick n/t
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 01:54 AM
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6. Recommended.
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