The lawyer who argued against California’s Proposition 8 defended the US Supreme Court’s decision not to hear any gay marriage ban appeals.
Ted Olson was a guest today, 12 October, on Fox News Sunday. He sat across from Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council.
As to be expected. Perkins is unhappy about the spreading of marriage equality to 29 states.
‘Marriage is not to affirm adults, it’s for the protection of children,’ Perkins insisted, as reported by Raw Story. ‘And if love is the only factor, where do you draw the boundaries?’
Olson, associated with the organization American Foundation for Equal Rights, countered that marriage does protect the children in LGBTI families.
‘They deserve the right to equality, and the same respect and decency that other people have that are living right next door,’ Olson said.
Perkins argued social science proves children do best with a mother and father. Olson disagreed.
‘Court after court has said that allowing people of the same sex to marry the person that they love and be a part of our community, and to be treated equally does no damage to heterosexual marriage,’ the lawyer said
‘And what court after court after court has said [is] that children living in a same-sex relationship do as well or better that people in other communities,’ Olson continued.
Finally, Olson warned anti-gay marriage advocates that some of them sound exactly like people who argued against interracial unions.
‘The same argument that Mr. Perkins is making was made with respect to interracial marriages in 1967,’ Olson explained.
‘Thirty-something states at one point prohibited interracial marriages,’ he added. ‘And talk about the color of the skin, people were making the same arguments, "Marriage is wrong between people of different races, we have to stop that."’
Below is a clip from Raw Story: