I didn’t realize that Theodore Olsen was the attorney that represented the Plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case. Readers might remember him as the Solicitor General under George W. Bush who lost his wife on 9/11 when the plane she was in slammed into the Pentagon.
Apparently, while a Republican and an avowed conservative, he is a lawyer first, believing in the rule of law, and specifically that a majority of voters in any one state do not get to overrule the Bill of Rights or the Constitution of the United States. As he says in the following interview with Chris Wallace of FAUX News (who is not impressive – he’s certainly not his father) the right to marriage is a fundamental right that should be valued by liberals and conservatives alike.
It’s nice to see someone take an inclusive, rather than a divisive stance. Marriage should not be a political football passed around to score points with various constituencies. It’s people that are being affected by the issue every day. Real live human beings with families and emotions and lives.
Wallace does an abysmal job baiting Olsen with his conservative bona fides, who in turn does a nice job batting down all of his talking points. It’s not a long interview, and it’s refreshing.