|03:06 pm - An article that makes me proud to be an elephant|
I just came across a New York Times article on the lawyer who is bringing a challenge to California's Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex marriage.
Going against popular stereotype, Theodore B. Olson is a prominent and well-respected conservative member of the Republican party. He also has a good track record for cases he has argued before the Supreme Court, having won 44 out of 55 of them. Like myself, he is a libertarian conservative, a member of the wing of the party that hasn't gotten much attention lately, by dint of the neo-cons grabbing most of the media's attention.
One of the things that I liked the article pointing out was that other prominent conservative Republicans besides Mr. Olson are supporters of same-sex marriage, such as California Governor Schwarzenegger and former Vice President Dick Cheney, while liberal Democrat President Obama opposes it, much to the dismay of the members of the GLBT community who worked so hard to get him into office.
If Mr. Olson is successful in arguing his challenge to the law's constitutionality on the grounds of equal protection, then same-sex marriage will be legal all across the United States. I hope he succeeds, since I would love to see some of my friends be able to marry their partners and enjoy the same legal and financial benefits of matrimony that my heterosexual friends enjoy.
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