A few followups to the Boies/Olson press conference yesterday…
ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked White House spokesman Robert Gibbs about the filing at the press briefing on Wednesday and whether denial of same-sex marriage is a violation of the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Gibbs said he’d look into it.
Political consultant Trevor Neilson has a Huff Post op-ed responding to the furor among some gay rights organizations and the ACLU that the suit was filed, for fear that they will lose before the Supreme Court. He draws from Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to make his point.
Neilson writes, “With all due respect to the gay rights groups who have worked tirelessly and courageously for decades to advance this cause, perhaps it is time to stop thinking of this as a “gay” issue. That thinking helped these groups lose both the campaign against Proposition 8 and the legal challenge they waged at the California Supreme Court.
“Perhaps these groups should recognize that believing that they “own” this issue plays exactly in to the strategy of those who want to stop them from having equal rights. The worst nightmare of the right-wing groups who sponsored Proposition 8 was that straight Americans would see the fight against it as their fight.”
Neilson has partnered on projects — including Brad Pitt and Steve Bing’s efforts to rebuild New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward — with Chad Griffin, the president of the newly created American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is pressing the case.
Ted Olson and David Boies appeared on “Hardball” on Thursday, following a wave of media appearances the day before.