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.

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


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."


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

Joe. My. God.

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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