Judge Walker: why shouldn’t courts stay out of this as Mr. Cooper says?
Olson: That’s why we have courts, to protect those who are discriminated against, when their children can’t go to school because of their skin color. We would not need a constitution if we left everything to the political process. We’d just let the majority prevail and that’s a good thing about democracy, but it’s not so good if you are different, new. It causes gays and lesbians unrelenting pain. We have the courts to take our worthy, upstanding citizens who are being hurt to be protected by the courts. That’s why we are here today.”
I hope you're finding some time to review what's happening in San Francisco's Federal Courthouse this week. The Prop 8 trial actually seems to be delving into the issues that lesbians and gay men have to deal with on a daily basis, using the lens of marriage rights to reveal the state-sponsored discrimination that the opponents of Prop 8 want to eliminate.
And Ted Olson appears to be one of our best legal advocates. I'm not sure what to think of you, Ted. I couldn't believe the rabbit you pulled out of your hat to get George W. Bush elected. This, however, might just redeem you a bit.
Take a look at Prop8TrialTracker. It's a great resource. Court will be back in session tomorrow at 8:30 AM.