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Ted Olson Joins Battle Against NC’s Anti-LGBT Amendment 1

Ted Olson Joins Battle Against NC’s Anti-LGBT Amendment 1


Celebrated lawyer Ted Olson, having been a key player in the legal push to overturn California’s Proposition 8, has announced that he will attend a rally in opposition to North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, known as Amendment 1.

Reports LGBT POV:

He hopes more Republicans will support marriage equality and oppose measures such as Amendment One, which Olson noted, “wipes away the whole thing,” meaning all legal recognition of same sex relationships.

“I’m going to go down to North Carolina in April.  There’s a big rally down there. I’m going to go down and do my bit,” Olson said. “We want to win one. You heard the [Perry v Schwarzenegger Prop 8 trial] witness talk about how the outcome [of antigay ballot measures] is always against gay and lesbian people. It would be really great if we started changing that. And maybe North Carolina is a chance.”

Olson, 71-years-old and a prominent Republican, was the subject of great ire from conservatives in 2009 when he joined the legal team challenging the constitutionality of California’s gay marriage ban, Proposition 8. He maintains that allowing marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and freedom from government intrusion, and as such that it is, at its heart, a conservative issue.

North Carolina’s Amendment 1 question will go before voters on May 8. North Carolina is the only state in the South not to have codified its statutory ban on same-sex marriage. The proposed amendment is doubly offensive to equality proponents however as it would do more than just ban same-sex marriage, and would eliminate all civil union and domestic partnership rights in the state.

Republican lawmakers who pushed through the ballot question promised concessions so the legislation would still allow for domestic partnerships. Even then, several legal commentators expressed concern that the amendment was too open-ended. Yet, when the Legislature approved the amendment,  no such concessions were offered.

GOP lawmakers have been heavily criticized in running an anti-gay platform to support the amendment, with the bill’s key sponsors saying the legislation is necessary for child welfare — no evidence offered of course — and they have also been caught likening gay marriage to allowing incest and bestiality.

However, the push back against Amendment 1 has been strong.

The North Carolina Psychological Association went as far as to release a position statement against the 2012 ballot, listing a number of reasons against codifying the state’s existing statutory ban and pointing out the harmful effects of so aggressively disfavoring a particular group.

The April 1 rally Olson is attending will be held in Greensboro and is being organized by the group Faith Against Amendment One, backed by coalition group Protect All North Carolina Families.

Read more on the battle against Amendment 1 in an extensive report over at LGBT POV.


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10:26PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

A great man!! I'm glad he's going to NC, and I wish him the best of luck!

6:28PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others. It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught from LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. Children should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry or Algebra. They can learn this in college if needed. I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these principals I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations

3:43PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

I will never legally recognise 'Amendment One' and will publicly ridicule it just as I ridicule Proposition H8 in California. Ban homophobia! I hope Olson helps catalyse rejection of this stupid homophobic piece of garbage legislation and that the end result is that the homophobes in NC become subject to a ceremony where they are issued new suits of tar and feathers before being ridden out of state on a splintery fence rail!

11:43AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

A great man does great things. Mr. Olsen is the example of a great man doing great things. Equality for all!!!

11:33AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

What is disgusting Douglas? I do hope that you are referring to the NC Amendment and not Mr. Olson's actions on behalf of humanity!

To Mr. Olson... my sincere thanks for your contribution to society.

7:47AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thanks Mr. Olson....Good on you!

5:00AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr olson.

4:45AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Good for him...North Carolina, don't return us to the Dark Ages where we practice our superstitions and narrow-minded views!

4:44AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Good to read:-)

5:20PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Thanks Mr. Olson!

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