Look, in one fell swoop, I learned a new phrase AND received a brand new creed!
Tonight's guests on PBS's Bill Moyers Journal were Ted Boies and Ted Olson, the two attorneys representing two same sex couples in the case to over turn California's prop 8: Perry v Schwarzenegger.
I can not embed the video on here, so just watch, please. It's long, the entire show, but
I just found it fascinating. Here is the transcript of Mr. Moyers opening:
"You may not believe this, but the two marquee lawyers who fought each other all the way to the Supreme Court to decide whether Al Gore or George W. Bush would become president are at it again. But this time they're fighting as allies to defend marriage equality.It's true. Ted Olson, a conservative, and David Boies, a liberal, are in the middle of a case that, win or lose, they expect, will wind up at the Supreme Court, just like Bush v. Gore. The former adversaries have united in support of core American values: diversity, equality and tolerance. They're key players in one of the most important civil rights trials of the last decade. It's a pivotal legal action that could change our society, but which has escaped the attention of much of the country."
Sometimes I forget that everyone does not spend a couple of hours a day reading progressive news sites, so I found it very shocking that this case could have" escaped the attention of much of the country" Pretty sure that the Friday Night PBS crowd is pretty well informed.
I have not been writing all that much about gay marriage lately, because I just got burned out post the debacle in worthless Albany this fall. Combined with Maine, it was just too much. I needed to take a brake from the just full out hateful anger and lies of the right wing bigots. Not that I am a fair weather activist, well, maybe just a little bit, BUT , some good news this week down in Maryland , as their Attorney General is requiring the state to recognize all out of state /country marriages, just like us here in New York.
And in just a the coming days, March 8th, I think , Washington, DC, will have full blown marriage equality. Crazy nut job GOP congressmen be damned.
One thing brought up on tonight's show was something I had forgotten, Justice Antonin Scalia's vile loosing screed on the case : "BILL MOYERS: "So, if you go to the Supreme Court, Ted, you're going to run smack up against some of your best friends. I mean, as you know, when you mentioned that 2003 case, when the court outlawed Texas laws against sodomy Justice Scalia issued a strong, some say virulent, dissent. And he said that this decision effectively decrees the end of all morals legislation, and would lead to sanctioning same sex marriages.He went on to accuse his colleagues on the court of aligning themselves with the quote "homosexual agenda." Let me read you this. This is from Justice Scalia. "Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as teachers in their children's schools, or as boarders in their home. They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive."
My original take tonight was anger that this theocratic man sits in judgment of me, but Neil cleared thing up by pointing out that he was right. Lawrence is the law of the land, and will not be overturned, so yes, Justice Scalia and your puppet - Lawrence WILL lead to the " sanctioning of same sex marriages" . Who knew the evil one ( and his puppet) has a crystal ball!
The cool logic, the judicial knowledge of Boies and Olsen just made the argument against marriage equality just seem.. silly. A side bar of the case is that the right wing haters are going INSANE over the fact that the Reagan and Bush I nominated Federal judge hearing the case , Vaughn R. Walker is gay. A final ruling in the case by Judge Walker is expected in early to mid-March. But it will then starts its path to the Supreme Court.
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