N.Y. Times article on Olson and anti-Prop. 8 lawsuit

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    Aug 19, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/us/19olson.html?_r=1&hp
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    Aug 19, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    Thanks, I was just wondering today what the status of his involvement is now.
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    Aug 19, 2009 9:43 AM GMT
    I think this is a good thing. American politics has been very badly damaged by the influence of the Christian Right on the Republican party, which has been tortured between two mutually incompatible political philosophies: moral authoritarianism and state non-interference. Even when in power, this led to a lack of coherence in policy.

    Ultimately the question of gay marriage ought not to be a partisan issue since there are intellectually coherent arguments in favor from both sides, and moreover ought not be a rallying point for fundamentalism. All of you regardless of your political persuasion ought to realise that we all win if gay people are no longer caricatured as "extreme" driving force behind the left.

    For all our sakes, all power to Mr Olson's elbow.
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    Aug 19, 2009 10:20 AM GMT
    I could never understand the contorted philosophies of someone as conservative as Olson who is also anti-Prop 8, but I'm glad that there's some humanity there. I particularly like this quote from the article:

    From the article Mr. Olson is confident. Paul Katami, one of the plaintiffs recruited for the lawsuit, recalled Mr. Olson's words shortly before it was announced: "He put his arm around me and said, 'We're going to plan your wedding in a couple of years-- this is going to happen.'"


    Makes me wonder how many more Prop 8 voters would support equality if only they each spent a day with a happy loving couple who have been denied the right to marry.
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    Aug 19, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    All I knew of the man was that he was an arch-conservative Reaganite. The article gives a much more nuanced view of the man and I feel much more comfortable with him arguing against Prop-8.

    Too bad the GOP doesn't have more of his brand of conservative and less of the 'praise Jebus, give me your money, filthy Mexican, dirty towel-head, bombs' type.