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Ted Olson: AL Chief Justice Roy Moore's Gay Marriage Fight Reminds Him of Selma, George Wallace - VIDEO

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Earlier this week, MSNBC's Morning Joe brought on Ted Olson to ask him his thoughts on the same-sex marriage situation in Alabama and Chief Justice Roy Moore's obstructionist tactics in the slow march towards LGBT equality in the state. 

OlsonSaid Olson:

"It does bring up images of Selma, Alabama and George Wallace denying rights to African-American citizens to go to school or cross a bridge and enter a parade."

Olson's comments come as Alabama Gov. Robert Bently said in an interview that he's aware of the parallels between what's happening now and what happened in the state 50 years ago.

TPM reports:

BentleyGov. Robert Bentley, a Republican and a Southern Baptist, said he believes strongly that marriage is between one man and one woman, but that the issue should be "worked out through the proper legal channels" and not through defiance of the law.

The governor noted that Alabama is about to be in the spotlight again with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed after civil rights marchers were attacked and beaten in Selma, Alabama — events chronicled in the Oscar-nominated movie "Selma."

"I don't want Alabama to be seen as it was 50 years ago when a federal law was defied. I'm not going to do that," Bentley said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

"I'm trying to move this state forward."

Watch Olson's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ted Olson and Hate Leader Tony Perkins Face Off on SCOTUS and Nationwide Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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AFER lawyer Ted Olson and Family Research Council President Tony Perkin were back on FOX News Sunday this morning, this time to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to review four gay marriage cases from the Sixth Circuit. Unsurprisingly, many of the same arguments and talking points from their first face off back in October resurfaced this time around.

Perkins, the leader of a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group, again brought up the fact that voters in a majority of states have chosen to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Olson countered: But the Supreme Court again and again has said that it's its responsibility to decide when the Constitution trumps the will of the people. Justice Kennedy held for the court striking down a Colorado measure a number of years ago that discriminated against gays and lesbians. He voted for the court and wrote the opinion striking laws in Texas and laws throughout the United States that prohibited private same-sex conduct in the privacy of home and he wrote the opinion for the court in the decision striking down the legislature's overwhelming decision to enact the Defense of Marriage Act. So ultimately, the reason we have a Constitution, the reason we have separation of powers, the reason we have the 14th amendment is to provide the courts with the opportunity to override the will of the people when the will of the people leads to discrimination against a segment of our society. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously, "David Boies on Why the Supreme Court Will Legalize Nationwide Marriage Equality" [tlrd]

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Ted Olson Says We've Reached the 'Point of No Return' In the Gay Marriage Legal Fight: VIDEO

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In an interview with USA TODAY's Capital Download, AFER lawyer Ted Olson indicated that with the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the gay marriage cases before it earlier this month, the nation has reached a "point of no return" in the legal battle over gay marriage.

Said Olson:

"I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed," he said in an interview on Capital Download. "To have that snatched away, it seems to me, would be inhuman; it would be cruel; and it would be inconsistent with what the Supreme Court has said about these issues in the cases that it has rendered."

Olson also pushed back against President Obama's recent comments praising the court's incremental approach to LGBT equality that has, as Obama put it, "made the shift less controversial and more lasting."

"President Obama himself has had an evolution. He started out saying he was opposed to same-sex marriage, then he gradually changed that view. Then he said it should be up to the states and now he says it should be incremental. I think the thing he overlooks...[is] that there are people in 18 states of the United States that don't have this fundamental right that he has just announced that he believes in and that we believe in - the right to marry the person that you love who happens to be of the same sex. This affects the lives of those individuals and those states, it affects their children that are living in those homes, it affects everyone. Every day that we withhold fundamental constitutional rights from individual citizens in this country, I believe that's wrong." 

Watch the full interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ted Olson and Tony Perkins Face Off Over SCOTUS and Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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AFER lawyer Ted Olson and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins exchanged sharp words on FOX News Sunday in a panel covering this week's Supreme Court reverberations on marriage equality.

Perkins, the leader of a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group, brought his usual "natural marriage" nonsense and related arguments which Olson too politely called a "canard".

Said Perkins: "You still have two circuits that have decisions coming up that look favorable toward natural marriage. I think the effect here is what you need to look at. I think the effect here is that the court did a back-alley type Roe V Wade judicial decision that let the lower courts do their evil bidding...The court has lit the fuse to a powder keg culturally that is going to have ramifications for years to come in this nation.”

Replied Olson: "We have a Constitution and a Bill Of Rights precisely because we want protections from majority rule. When the majority in a legislature or a popular vote take away rights of individuals that are protected by the Bill Of Rights, then we have an independent judiciary to rectify that situation. It's happened again and again and again throughout this country's history...There’s no heterosexual couple that is going to decide to get a divorce or not get married or not raise children just because another couple next to them is treated equally and with respect."

Watch it all go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t jmg)

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Prop 8 Plaintiffs Renew Marriage Vows One Year Later: VIDEO

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Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo married at Los Angeles City Hall just hours after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on its ruling on Prop 8 last year. Now, exactly one year later, the couple have renewed their vows - this time in an elaborate ceremony in front of friends and family.

The big event was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 28 and was, appropriately, officiated by Prop 8 attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies.

Frontiers reports on the day:

The ceremony itself was simple, emotional and shared—as they were escorted to the center of the “stage” by their mothers and nieces and nephews put in appearances to present the rings. As if to illustrate the point he was making, Olson read off cards he was holding to note that marriage is not about perfection and not only about marrying the right partner but being the right partner.

Guests included Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, Lance Bass, Darren Criss, Rob Reiner and retired District Court Judge Vaughn Walker.

Watch an ABC7 News segment on the ceremony, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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Michelangelo Signorile Questions Ted Olson About His Work On Gay Marriage, Prop. 8: AUDIO

 In a SiriusXM Progress interview last week, Michelangelo Signorile asked solicitor Ted Olson about his work on the issue of same-sex marriage.

TED OLSON AND DAVID BOIESThe interview follows the publication of a new book Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, in which Olson and David Boies discuss how they had California's Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional and related issues.

In the interview, among other topics Signorile and Olson discuss how the issue of gay marriage can move forward given that the Republican religious base is still opposed, Olson’s criticism of the incrementalist approach to the issue of gay marriage, the importance of the Defense of Marriage Act, and how working on the cause has affected Olson personally.

Listen to a few key clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read Signorile's full transcript here.

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