Olson: Time is right to bring gay marriage before Supreme Court

, The Litigation Daily


Theodore ("Ted") Olson has argued 59 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, but his 60th argument before the justices has the potential to be the one for which the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner will be most remembered.

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    Ted Olson is not a conservative. The true conservative position is to leave this issue to the political branches and in those branches argue for traditional marriage. Unfortunately, judges from Hawaii to Vermont have for 20 years now interfered in the political process. Who knows where public opinion would be if judges had not exceeded their authority. A real conservative would not now seek to bulldoze one of the historical fundamental pillars of society (opposite sex marriage).

    In any event, sexual orientation is of course genetically influenced (as is alcohol dependency) but there is no evidence it is genetically determined. Judge Walker's contrary "findings" are meaningless--as if a judge can decide questions of science. Query to Judge Walker: Which gene determines bisexuality?

    But, whatever the influence of genetics, that doesn't mean that society cannot have moral standards that it expresses through its laws. Olson and his cohorts want every 5-year-old child in America to be taught that same-sex marriage is a good thing and they should aspire to it. What kind of conservative effect do you think there will be on our crumbling society when Johnny has six fathers and no mother at all—after gay surrogacy and two divorces of his gay parents?

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