On Bill Moyers tonight (2/26/2010) an interesting discussion on the debate over same gender marriage that brought together a well known liberal and conservative.
“We’re not advocating any recognition of a new right. The right to marry is in the Constitution. The Supreme Court’s recognized that over and over again. We’re talking about whether two individuals should be treated equally, under the equal protection clause of the Constitution.”
– Ted Olson
This week on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL (check local listings at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/about/airdates.html)
They battled it out as legal adversaries in 2000 before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. But what’s got these two prominent lawyers – one conservative and one liberal – working together in court now? Theodore Olson, one of the nation’s premier appellate and United States Supreme Court advocates and David Boies, one of the country’s preeminent trial lawyers, argued opposite sides for the fate of the 2000 election but are now teamed up in the fight to overturn California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage. The unexpected pair discusses why they’ve taken on the hot-button issue – even as some gay rights activists objected – and why they don’t believe that same-sex marriage is a right or left issue.