John M. Becker

Ted Olson Again Obliterates Tony Perkins on Fox News

Filed By John M. Becker | January 19, 2015 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: false equivalency, Fox News, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, slippery slope, Supreme Court, Ted Olson, Tony Perkins

ted-olson-fox-news-january2015.pngYesterday, for the second time in three months, conservative Republican super-lawyer and freedom-to-marry advocate Ted Olson squared off against hate group leader Tony Perkins on Fox News Sunday on the issue of marriage equality. And for the second time in three months, Olson gave Perkins an epic spanking.

The occasion for the conversation was the Supreme Court's announcement Friday that it will hear oral arguments in marriage cases from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, meaning we're likely to get a nationwide ruling on marriage equality by the end of June.

Perkins -- who you'd think after so many years would have tired of trotting out the same hollow and discredited talking points -- lamented that "a handful of judges" have struck down marriage discrimination amendments in dozens of states, and whined that "most people don't want lawyers and judges running the country."

"Sadly, they do in many cases," host Shannon Bream chimed in sympathetically.

But once again, Olson took Perkins to school -- and in this case, it was Civics 101:

"Ultimately, the reason we have a Constitution, the reason we have separation of powers, the reason we have the Fourteenth Amendment, is to provide the courts with the opportunity to override the will of the people when the will of the people leads to discrimination against a segment of our society."

Perkins then feebly suggested that marriage equality for same-gender couples would somehow lead to the recognition of incestuous marriages, which Olson didn't have any use for whatsoever:

"It's very easy to say the sky is going to fall. We're now talking about something that's permitted in 36 states -- or 37, depending on South Dakota last week -- and the District of Columbia. No harm whatsoever has been done to heterosexual marriage as a result."

Watch, after the break.

Go Ted go!!

One final thought: isn't it crazy that anti-equality crusaders like Tony Perkins still position themselves as noble defenders of "the voice of the people"? Yes, in many states, the people voted in 2004 and 2006 to enshrine marriage discrimination into their constitutions... but in the ensuing decade, the landscape has changed dramatically. These days, polls consistently show that a majority of Americans endorse marriage equality -- and support among my generation, the Millennials, is nearly universal.

It takes a special kind of chutzpah for these bigots to keep pretending, in the face of such a massive public repudiation of their anti-gay views, that marriage discrimination represents anything even remotely close to the "will of the people" in 2015.

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