Monday, August 9, 2010

More Prop 8 Analysis and Commentary

Below is an interview with Ted Olson (one of the attorneys who argued the Prop 8 case in CA) and Chris Wallace of Fox News. Ted Olson is fantastic...don't get me wrong, I still shudder a bit considering he argued and won Bush v. Gore in 2000. However, the bottom line is that he is just the legal mind we want on the Prop 8 case. But he and David Boies (his adversary in Bush v. Gore) joined forces in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that challenged the federal constitutionality of California's Proposition 8.

Let's not forget, that in 1967, when the U.S. Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, knocked down state anti-miscegenation laws everywhere, 16 states still had such laws on the books and 72% of the public still opposed interracial marriages.

Also, have you seen Cenk Uygor's piece on Huffington Post? Would a Black Judge Have Been Biased in Brown v. Board of Education? I mean, really people, the arguments that people are coming up with to support their blatant lack of support for civil rights are all so irrational, it is beginning to get frightening.

I've always been fascinated by the experience that I have had talking to people about civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. Those who support these issues can clearly articulate a variety of reasons for their support, however those who do not support these issues can barely muster up one logical, valid, rational reason. I guess it's hard for these individuals to be honest and say that it is their own fear and in some cases bigotry that is preventing them from supporting basic human rights. If anyone needs a little prayer, maybe it's these folks.

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