Virginia could become marriage-equality state No. 20 this week

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Virginia could become marriage-equality state No. 20 on Thursday if U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t stay the lower court’s ruling.

Roberts set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for the attorneys representing same-sex couples in Virginia’s Bostic v. Schaefer case to respond to the defendants’ request for a stay of the Fourth Circuit’s ruling overturning the state’s marriage ban. If Roberts rejects the stay request, gay and lesbian couples could begin receiving marriage licenses in Virginia starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The Bostic plaintiffs case are represented by Ted Olson and David Boies on behalf of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, who are joined by the ACLU and Lambda Legal. Olson and Boies were the attorneys on the winning side of California’s Proposition 8 case.

If put on hold, Virginia will have to wait until the Supreme Court rules on marriage equality. That happened in Utah when the Tenth Circuit refused to stay its decision, but the Supreme Court put the ruling on hold. Both Utah and Virginia have been referred to the Supreme Court for review.

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Ted Olson: ‘Game Changer’ on marriage equality. Let’s hope he can change more GOP minds.

Andy Towle posted this yesterday of Ted Olson getting a HuffPost Game Changer award. It’s especially relevant on this Election Day, because we may need Ted Olson (and Ken Mehlman) to start lobbying on Capitol Hill when the GOPers try to block equality. Olson’s got a powerful message:




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Olson & Boies May Ask Court To Force Protect Marriage To Pay Their Fees

In the event that Judge Vaughn Walker’s overturn of Prop 8 is upheld by the Ninth Circuit, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies are prepared to demand that Protect Marriage pay their fees. Via Advocate:

In court filings this week, the attorneys requested extended time to consider fees and court costs but have also asked Prop. 8 supporters for an expedited response in the matter—which they opposed in a Wednesday filing. “Plaintiffs seek to drastically shorten [our] time to respond to that motion so that they have more time to prepare an application for attorney’s fees in the event this Court does not grant their motion to enlarge time,” Alliance Defense Fund attorney Brian Raum wrote. “Such a burden shift is unwarranted.”

The amount that may be requested has not be disclosed, but you can bet that Olson and Boies do not come cheap.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

9/11 Widower Ted Olson Supports ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

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After an extended discussion of the Prop 8 ruling, Andrea Mitchell asks attorneyTed Olson, whose wife Barbara was killed in 9/11, how he feels about the Park51 controversy.

Olson agrees with Obama that it should not be blocked:

"We don't want to turn an act of hate against us by extremists into an act of intolerance for people of religious faith."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP… 

In related news, Howard Dean is saying just the opposite, calling it an "affront to people who lost their lives."


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Ted Olson On Cordoba House

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—  John Wright

Ted Olson On Fox News Sunday

Ted Olson appeared on Fox New Sunday this morning to defend Judge Vaughn Walker against the tired old claims of “judicial activism.” Watch as Olson schools host Chris Wallace on the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s history on marriage cases. “Would you like Fox News’ right to free press put up to a vote?” ZING.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright