Ted Olson Provides Conservative Reasoning For Gay Marriage In America

Here is another example of where common ground can be found between polar opposites.

Ted Olson, a very unlikely ally on any issue that most liberals care about, has taken up the cause of gay marriage in America.  He is a most unusual advocate for this matter, which makes his work and effort all the more worth reading.  After all he is a rock-ribbed conservative who thinks that it is not illogical to think Jack and Sam should be able to wed, or Jenny and Sharon to be united in marriage.  Together with David Boies, Olson is attempting to persuade a federal court to invalidate California’s Proposition 8—the voter-approved measure that overturned California’s constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex. 

Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one’s own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it. 

Legalizing same-sex marriage would also be a recognition of basic American principles, and would represent the culmination of our nation’s commitment to equal rights. It is, some have said, the last major civil-rights milestone yet to be surpassed in our two-century struggle to attain the goals we set for this nation at its formation.

This bedrock American principle of equality is central to the political and legal convictions of Republicans, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives alike. The dream that became America began with the revolutionary concept expressed in the Declaration of Independence in words that are among the most noble and elegant ever written: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Sadly, our nation has taken a long time to live up to the promise of equality. In 1857, the Supreme Court held that an African-American could not be a citizen. During the ensuing Civil War, Abraham Lincoln eloquently reminded the nation of its found-ing principle: “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

At the end of the Civil War, to make the elusive promise of equality a reality, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution added the command that “no State É shall deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person É the equal protection of the laws.”

Subsequent laws and court decisions have made clear that equality under the law extends to persons of all races, religions, and places of origin. What better way to make this national aspiration complete than to apply the same protection to men and women who differ from others only on the basis of their sexual orientation? I cannot think of a single reason—and have not heard one since I undertook this venture—for continued discrimination against decent, hardworking members of our society on that basis.

Gumby Creator Dies, Animation Was Saturday TV Staple For Children

The news this morning brought back a flood of memories.  Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby became a pop culture phenomenon through decades of toys, revivals and satires died Friday. He was 88.  For lots of folks my age the  Gumby images were there every Saturday morning during the cartoons on television.  There was a gentle quirky quality to the pliable creations along with the voices which sounded just off-beat enough to make one listen and pay attention.  It goes to show that the simplest and most basic of entertainment has a long-lasting quality when a creative mind goes to work as Clokey did when he brought Gumby to life.

“60 Minutes” Tackles Sarah Palin Sunday

All the action will not be on the football field this Sunday.  In a must see “60 Minutes” segment, John McCain campaign’s political strategist Steve Schmidt lets the truth shine on Sarah Palin for being inaccurate during the 2008 presidential election.  

Here is the tease video.

Saturday Song: Roy Acuff “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

There are legends in the world of classic country music.  Then there is Roy Acuff.  That says it all.  He was one of the best influences and promoters that classic country music ever had.  Roy Acuff had the ability to feel the music and convey the essence of a song in a simple and direct way.    I have always placed Roy Acuff over Hank Williams in this regard, and always will.