Ted Olson, the conservative Republican lawyer who odd-coupled
with David Boies
to kill Prop. 8, the California initiative to ban same sex marriage
, had some comment after Tea Party Republican Sen. Ted Cruz
blasted "judicial activism," meaningl the federal and state judges who've found the Constitution provides equal rights even for gay people.
"This is very, very sad and it's very, very unfortunate," Ted Olson told Ari Rabin-Havt, host of the Sirius XM show "The Agenda."
Sen. Jason Rapert
"It is a sad thing when people don't understand that the people cannot vote away the rights of minorities," he added.
and his running buddies at the Family Council gay hate group beg to differ of course. They thought they HAD voted gay rights away with Amendment 83 and the earlier anti-adoption amendment. But courts are at work protecting those rights. Foiled in court, Rapert and allies hope to vote away the ability for judges to serve if they displease them by enforcing the U.S. and Arkansas constitutions.
Cruz is holding fast to discrimination, like Rapert, in the vein of Wallace, Fauibus, Ross Barnett and all the other ignominious bitter-enders, even as a growing number of Republicans join the equality camp.
"Ted Cruz is just plain wrong about that," Olson said. "And it's unfortunate because that is not and should not be the future of the Republican party."
Speaking of Ted Olson: I just watched "The Case Against 8," a documentary on the legal battle.
It's on HBO and I recommend it. It's a love letter, too, to Chad Griffin,
the Arkansas native PR man who heads the Human Rights Campaign
and enlisted Olson in the cause. Ted Olson, who I did not admire much during the late Whitewater episode, stands tall for equal rights and simple human decency. A Republican Party in which his type is influential would be formidable.
UPDATE: More outrage for Rapert. A judge in Indiana has struck down that state's marriage ban.
UPDATE: The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says Utah cannot block same-sex marriages.