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The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage
Newsweek ^ | 1/9/10 | Theodore B. Olson

Posted on 01/11/2010 6:23:41 PM PST by steve-b

Together with my good friend and occasional courtroom adversary David Boies, I am attempting to persuade a federal court to invalidate California's Proposition 8—the voter-approved measure that overturned California's constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex....

Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one's own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.

Legalizing same-sex marriage would also be a recognition of basic American principles, and would represent the culmination of our nation's commitment to equal rights. It is, some have said, the last major civil-rights milestone yet to be surpassed in our two-century struggle to attain the goals we set for this nation at its formation....

The dream that became America began with the revolutionary concept expressed in the Declaration of Independence in words that are among the most noble and elegant ever written: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...."

(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: boies; constitution; fascism; gaystapo; homobama; homolson; homonazi; homonazism; homosexualagenda; homotyranny; moralabsolutes; newsweak; olson; perverts; prop8; rino; samesexmarriage; sodomhusseinobama; tedolson
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To: bigoil

Good question.

Tagline material.


121 posted on 01/12/2010 9:43:33 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (How can a moral wrong be a civil right?)
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To: magellan
"There is no historical precedence for homosexual marriage, however there is significant historical precedence for plural marriage and first cousin marriage." . Too true. It would be bad enough if marriage were compromised by giving people a special right to intra-gender marriage, but doing so would also open the floodgates and allow for more definitions. We really can't let that happen. I'll probably have to include a bit about that in a chapter.
122 posted on 01/13/2010 6:11:31 AM PST by Bodie Weider (bodieweider@live.com)
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To: DwFry
Judges dictating morals is not freedom

Since most laws are legislated morals...judges pretty much dictate morals all the time.

Laws are morals codified. So, who's morals or what morals do you want to form the basis of your laws?

123 posted on 01/14/2010 1:31:37 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: webboy45

This devolution in values started when courts made it so easy to get divorced. Under God’s law adultery is the only rationale for disolving a marriage. People MADE it work in our grandparents’ generation and before because they were dedicated to their beliefs and they knew there wasn’t an easy way out.


124 posted on 01/14/2010 5:46:59 PM PST by Burkean (.)
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To: SnakeDoctor

He might as well promote the Conservative case for blue becoming legally yellow. Marraige IS the legal life long intimate bond between a man and a woman becoming one flesh in the eyes of God and society, period. That is what it IS.


125 posted on 01/14/2010 10:07:33 PM PST by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: Truthsearcher

Good for you. I agree with you, and - I agree with Ted Olson.


126 posted on 01/16/2010 3:46:08 PM PST by merry10
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To: merry10
I agree with Ted Olson.

Another traitor...

127 posted on 01/16/2010 4:21:41 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

If I’m a traitor, I’m a traitor. Boo hoo.


128 posted on 01/17/2010 11:03:08 AM PST by merry10
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Do you consider Dick Cheney a traitor also?

Just asking.


129 posted on 01/17/2010 11:06:40 AM PST by merry10
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To: merry10
And I thought my jokes were bad...

"If I were to tell the press that millions of Americans would be blown up by an Iranian nutcase, or that your Congress has stolen the entire contents of your savings with health care "reform" or bailouts, nobody panics, because it's all part of the plan...

But, if I tell the press a few homosexuals are upset over their little wee wees in California, why, everyone just loses their minds!"

HOW ABOUT A MAGIC TRICK???

If Scott Brown wins, poor little Obama won't be able to pimp his grandmother for a nickel...


merry10:Do you consider Dick Cheney a traitor also?

Just asking.

Cheney is not making the same argument as that traitor Olson... Cheney wants the staes to decide...

If you are trying to say Cheney is a traitor like Olson, you are out of your mind.

A guy like me... Look, I know why the bar associations have little group therapy sessions in secret ...

They didn't call it the "Madoff Exception" for nothing.

130 posted on 01/17/2010 12:47:57 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

That’s not ALL Cheney was doing.

Ted Olson, Dick Cheney, Mary Cheney ... good company.

“I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” replied the former V.P. “As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish....”

And you’re afraid of....what?


131 posted on 01/18/2010 5:46:53 AM PST by merry10
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To: merry10

Pay for it yourself...

I don’t think tax subsidies for getting feces on your penis is anything remotely “conservative.”

Of course, when your whole world rotates around your little wee wee, I don’t expect you to ever grow up and be a man...


132 posted on 01/18/2010 6:14:22 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: steve-b

Is Ted feeling liberal guilt? How else to explain this? Even black preachers say gay marriage is NOT a civil rights issue!


133 posted on 01/20/2010 1:05:29 PM PST by fgoodwin (Fundamentalist, right-wing nut and proud father of a Life Scout!)
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To: steve-b
Yes, steve, we know. You are in favor of sodomy-rights.

YAWN.
134 posted on 01/20/2010 1:07:00 PM PST by Antoninus (The RNC's dream ticket: Romney / Scozzafava 2012)
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To: icwhatudo

You just completely annihilated the argument with one photo. Very well done.


135 posted on 01/20/2010 1:08:21 PM PST by Antoninus (The RNC's dream ticket: Romney / Scozzafava 2012)
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To: Antoninus

Thanks. Here is something else you may be interested in: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2433328/posts


136 posted on 01/20/2010 1:10:45 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: steve-b

What’s up with Ted Olson? Did he drink that damn coolaid?


137 posted on 08/04/2010 4:25:28 PM PDT by ThomasMore (Patrick Henry and Joe Wilson...Patriots past and present!)
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