Olson surprises many conservatives by seeking to overturn freedom to marry ban

Ted Olson recently told the law students gathered on a spring evening in the luxe D.C. offices of his firm, Gibson, Dunn and Cruthcher, that the California Prop 8 case "is the most compelling, emotionally moving, important case that I have been involved in in my entire life." Result: Standing O. Another jury persuaded.

Olson will try to repeat the performance Wednesday in a federal courthouse in San Francisco when he presents closing arguments in a potentially groundbreaking trial in which he and his political odd-couple partner David Boies are asking a federal judge to overturn Prop 8, which their suit says violates the U.S. Constitution's due process and equal protection clauses.

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The freedom to marry for all couples

Center for American Progress' John Podesta and Cato Institute's Robert Levy, who will co-chair the advisory board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, write about the importance of marriage equality.

"We have come together in a nonpartisan fashion because the principle of equality before the law transcends the left-right divide and cuts to the core of our nation's character. This is not about politics; it's about an indispensable right vested in all Americans."

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Op-Ed: Advance Marriage Rights

Jinxu Yang, a sophomore at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, comments on status quo and majority opinion arguments for denying the freedom to marry.

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Remembering a “Loving Spirit” This Valentine’s Day

Rev. Irene Monroe takes the occasion of Valentine's Day to remember the 1967 Loving v. Virginia U.S. Supreme Court decision that "set the stage for defining marriage as a civil right. May the 'Loving -spirit' of Mildred Loving and the justice acts of St. Valentine be with us on this day."

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Celebrating Loving v Virginia

Science Blogs
June 9, 2009
There are events planned all over the country over the next week to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ruling in Loving v Virginia, which overturned all state laws against interracial marriage. Below, a few words from Mildred Loving on the freedom to marry:
When my late husband, Richard, and I got married in Washington, DC in 1958, it wasn't to make a political statement or start a fight. We were in love, and we wanted to be married. I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about.

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Stage, Screen Stars Come Out to Support Equal Rights to Marriage

The Alternative Press
April 20, 2009

On Monday, April 13, the stars gathered at the Peter Norton Symphony Space on the Upper West Side in New York City for "Broadway for a New America: Standing Up for Marriage Equality and a Progressive Agenda for Change." While the music was themed around love and marriage – for everybody – participants, who are arguably among the most talented people on the planet, made their point with touch-notch music and drama. (Link)

Here's a video from the event of Phyllis Newman reading "Loving for All," Mildred Loving's letter in support of the freedom to marry, at Broadway for a New America:

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OP-ED: Iowa’s Family Values

New York Times
April 8, 2009
Steven W. Thrasher writes, "When the good state of Iowa conferred the dignity of civic recognition on my parents' relationship -- a relationship some members of their own families thought was deviant and immoral, that the civil authorities of Nebraska had tried to destroy, and that even some of my mom's college-educated friends believed would produce children striped like zebras -- our family began. And by the time my father died, their interracial marriage was seen just as a marriage, and an admirable 45-year one at that." [Link]

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The Color of Love

New York Times
December 28, 2008
Last year, the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, three colleagues working on behalf of Faith in America visited Mildred Loving at the small ranch house that Richard built after they moved back to Virginia. [Link]

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Proposition 8 and ‘the will of the people’—an historical perspective

The Jewish Journal
November 26, 2008
"It is barely 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the kind of state anti-miscegenation laws that once barred the type of union that produced our current president-elect. Long after the courts have similarly struck down Proposition 8, and same-sex marriage prohibitions have rightly joined Jim Crow laws on the ash heap of history, our children will look back with wonder at how it could ever have been otherwise. May that day come soon." [Link]

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Letter to the Editor: Do Not Deny a Minority the Right to Marry

New York Times
November 30, 2008
Evan Wolfson writes, "Imagine what our country would look like today had the opponents of equality been able to cement into the Constitution the prejudices of the majority and the passions of the moment. Our president-elect -- the son of a couple who would have been barred from marriage because of 'tradition,' religious opposition and the majority's discomfort -- might have had a very different life." [Link]
Read more from Evan Wolfson.

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