John M. Becker

Ted Olson: We've Passed 'Point of No Return' on Marriage

Filed By John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, Ted Olson, tipping point

ted-olson-usa-today.jpgIn an interview with USA Today, conservative Republican mega-lawyer and marriage equality advocate Ted Olson says that the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to effectively allow marriage equality in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits shows we've passed the "point of no return" on same-gender marriage.

"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 said that he disagrees with President Obama's endorsement of the Supreme Court's incremental approach to marriage equality:

Olson disagrees with that, saying the Supreme Court should take a case and affirmatively endorse marriage as a constitutional right. "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."

Watch the full interview, after the break.

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