Maybe Redemption is Possible for Everyone. . .

Ted Olson, the attorney who aided George W. Bush in his selection as president of the U.S.A., is now fighting proposition 8, California’s same sex marriage ban.  Olson has teamed up with his opponent  in the Bush v. Gore battle (attorney David Boies) to undo proposition 8.  Being declared an honoray lesbian is a title Olson wears with pride.

Olson was the subject of Maureen Dowd’s Sunday editorial.  He aknowledges his emotional reaction to the case and those effected: “’I think there’s something the matter with you if you don’t care enough to feel the suffering that they’ve been through and if you’re not emotionally upset about the fact that we’re doing an immense amount of harm to people,’ he said. ‘We’re not treating them like Americans. We’re not treating them like citizens.’”

More from the editorial:  “‘The anti-gay-marriage proponents whipped up a moral frenzy in 2008, suggesting conjugal parity would harm children, summon the devil, tear down churches and melt civilization.’ But Olson argued in his opening statement that the discrimination gays experience ‘weakens our moral fiber in this country.’”

Both attorneys expressed their disappointment with President Obama’s position on this cause: “’Damned right,’ Boies snapped. ‘I hope my Democratic president will catch up to my conservative Republican co-counsel.’”

While I don’t think Olson did the nation a favor with his work to install G.B. Bush, as the title states, “maybe redemption is possible for everyone.”



Filed under GLBT Rights, Marriage Equality

7 responses to “Maybe Redemption is Possible for Everyone. . .

  1. It will please me beyond words if this guy is good enough to show the obvious — there are people who aren’t being afforded equal rights under the U.S. Constitution. I fear the current make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court won’t see this obvious and at least four of them will prove to be the political hacks they are.

    Redemption after helping hand bush the lesser the presidency? There is possible redemption for such an act? I’m not convinced of that.

    • lillacluvr

      I still think Colin Powell is a good guy – even though he went along with Bush the lesser and gave that awful speech at the UN.

    • This guy was just doing his job, and he seems effective at being an attorney. It was the Supreme Court who gave bush the lesser the presidency, and it wasn’t doing their job when they went where they had no business being!

  2. Zippy

    I recall David Boies was prominent in the Microsoft trial, though I honestly can’t remember which side.

    And Ted Olson is a fine attorney, notwithstanding having worked for the Bush camp to subvert democracy. Sometimes you gotta go what you gotta do. But that was the Supreme’s fault; their convoluted argument was hand-rolled.

    And it may have zero relevance, but he lost his wife on 9-11.

    • lillacluvr

      I didn’t know that fact.

      But I can understand a lawyer taking a case that maybe they do not agree with their client but the case is an interesting case. I’m sure it crossed his mind that getting Bush the lesser into office, by way of the Supreme Court, would be a case that would be debated for years and years and years to come.