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Ted Olson Asked About Helping Paul Ryan, And LA’s Post-Court Happiness

ted-olsonWe have to be honest that there was quite a lot of news to come out of the Wednesday rulings regarding both the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. The US Supreme Court’s decision was one that resulted in a lot of celebrating and happiness throughout the Community.  Still there are always some lingering questions. For instance, Jeff 4 Justice, who attended the rally at West Hollywood, asked former Solicitor General and Prop 8 co-lead attorney Ted Olson about his decision to help Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, who is opposed to LGBT equality, prepare for the Vice Presidential debate. Of course, given how Ryan did in the debate, one has to wonder if he did it to sabotage Ryan.

Jeff doesn’t get an answer from Olson on that, and his donations to anti-LGBT candidates like Carly Fiorina, but he does get an answer out of Olson’s co-lead on the case, David Boies.  Olson and Boies have often fought each other in court.

Jeff got to ask, though, something that I wish I could have asked Chad Griffin- why is it that the Human Rights Campaign flipped on the issue of suing over Prop 8?

Meanwhile NoMoreDownLow TV Newsbreak caputered highlights from the Los Angeles rally following the decision on Prop 8 and DOMA. NoMoreDownLow seeks to spread tolerance for LGBT people, especially LGBT people of color.

Wednesday’s rulings, while wonderful, were just the latest chapter in a battle that goes back generations. What is more, the same forces that align to hurt LGBT people and our rights also seek to hurt women’s rights and racial minority’s rights.

So it is imperative that we work towards a day when we can say that “all people are created equal.”



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5 Responses to Ted Olson Asked About Helping Paul Ryan, And LA’s Post-Court Happiness

  1. Ken

    July 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    You and Ted do not need Paul Ryan to win LGBT equality. Perhaps he knows that. When you attempt to define politics and/or politicians (or even people for that matter) based on a single issue, you become tied to that issue. You lose the ability to think independently and consider all issues. Could you disagree with a candidate on a single issue, or even several issues, but still consider that to be the best candidate for you, overall? You would not say that Ted must agree with you on every topic for him to agree with you on this one, would you?

    • Jeff 4 Justice

      July 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Had Ted’s GOP preferences won it could have completely undermined the DOMA & Prop 8 cases had the Justice Department and a GOP CA Attorney General and Governor been elected and fought the cases.

      Olson also gave us Citizen’s United. Class act.

    • Ken

      July 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      There will always be those that want to use every opportunity to divide, but if you want people of all political beliefs to support this cause, you should not attack them when they do. If you don’t like Citizen’s United, make a post about that, but give credit where it is due. Ted has fought long and hard for LGBT equality and I have no doubt that he will continue to do so.

    • Jeff 4 Justice

      July 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Actually I can use my free speech to ask questions as I did. If you choose to not like that then so be it.

      By your logic, since I’ve put 10 years into bettering the LGBT community (though I’m no Ted Olson) then I am above being criticized. You’ve used “every opportunity to divide” with me so you have no creditability with me. Good luck to you.

  2. Jeff 4 Justice

    June 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Ted Olson also helped give us Citizen’s United. His Prop 8 support does not mean he should be given a free pass for his anti-LGBT ties and his role in Citizen’s United.