John M. Becker

Colbert Debates Marriage Equality With Olson and Boies

Filed By John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: Colbert Report, David Boies, gay marriage, marriage equality, Prop 8, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, Stephen Colbert, Ted Olson

colbert-olson-boies.jpg"I have a bone to pick with you two gentlemen," late-night satire king Stephen Colbert told high-powered attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies on last evening's episode of The Colbert Report. "Your free ride's over on this gay issue," he warned them.

Olson and Boies, the legal team responsible for the death of California's Proposition 8, appeared on the show to discuss their forthcoming book about the case, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality. But first, Colbert had more important questions to ask them, like how the two lawyers -- who were on opposite sides of the Supreme Court's infamous 2000 Bush v. Gore case -- could possibly be friends. (Olson: "[Boies] accepted the outcome graciously." Boies: "I'm a very forgiving person.")

When Colbert noted that the two rivals came together across the aisle to advance marriage equality, and that they've won all of their cases so far, the audience burst into sustained applause. But Colbert was concerned: same-sex marriage harms his own marriage, he said, because "the whole reason [he] got married was as a taunt to gay people that they could not get married."

As usual, Colbert was hilarious. Watch the segment, after the jump.

In another segment, Colbert warned that marriage equality is spreading so rapidly that even Wisconsin's far-right Governor Scott Walker isn't willing to express an opinion on the issue anymore. He also noted that state marriage bans are increasingly being run through the "Grindr."

h/t: Towleroad.

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