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Boies and Olson Take Their Argument Nationally

Attorney David Boies has published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on behalf of himself and his co-counsel Ted Olson to explain to the American people why what they are pursuing is the right thing to do. In crisp and clear terms, he outlines their constitutional argument for same-sex marriage.

What I especially like is that they take the baseless arguments of the opponents of marriage equality and challenge them directly:

… there is no legitimate state policy underlying Proposition 8. The occasional suggestion that marriages between people of different sexes may somehow be threatened by marriages of people of the same sex does not withstand discussion. It is difficult to the point of impossibility to envision two love-struck heterosexuals contemplating marriage to decide against it because gays and lesbians also have the right to marry; it is equally hard to envision a couple whose marriage is troubled basing the decision of whether to divorce on whether their gay neighbors are married or living in a domestic partnership.

There's more in the op-ed that I am sure you'll enjoy reading, but I liked seeing this gem.

But basic constitutional rights cannot depend on the willingness of the electorate in any given state to end discrimination. If we were prepared to consign minority rights to a majority vote, there would be no need for a constitution. 

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