''They're different cases involving different issues. But the common thread in these cases is treating gay and lesbian individuals equally, and not discriminating against them -- not applying the laws of the United States, or the laws of California or any other state, in a discriminatory fashion, for no purpose against individuals who happen to be gay and lesbian. The judges in the Massachusetts case, and the judge today in the Proposition 8 case, went through all of the evidence and could find no justification, no rationali basis for the disparate treatment of gays and individuals with respect to marriage. And the Massachusetts judge did pretty much the same thing with the Federal Defense of Marriage statute. So the cases resonate with one another. They make a strong collective case for ending discrimination on this basis.''
Lawyer Ted Olson who, along with Lawyer David Boise, just successfully argued before Federal Judge Vaughn Walker that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. (Rachel Maddow Show)
For more of the judge's decision to overturn California's ban on gay marriages, read Chris Geidner's blog post in Poliglot.