Ted Olson Surprises in Prop 8 Showdown

I was surprised, nay, shocked to see former Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson standing in prominent support of gay marriage and the downfall of Proposition 8 alongside David Boies.

Here's more on Olson's involvement in the effort to defeat Proposition 8 in the federal courts (some sources cited at the link even suspect duplicitous motives):

Olson added that the case "is not about liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican," and said of his own and Boies' involvement, "We're here in part to symbolize that."

But Olson also argued that the suit reflects traditional Republican values. "The constitution protects individuals' basic rights that cannot be taken away by a vote," he was quoted as saying.

"If the people of California had voted to ban interracial marriage, it would have been the responsibility of the courts to say that they cannot do that under the constitution.