Anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins attempted to debate former Solicitor General under Bush Ted Olsen today on Fox News Sunday in anticipation of the upcoming review of same sex marriage at SCOTUS announced this week.
Perkins was not a match for Olsen, an experience attorney who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court many times. Time and again Olsen brought the discussion back to facts, and not hysterics.
Best line of the segment:
“The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right,” Olsen responded, also pointing out that numerous states had decided via ballot or legislature to legalize the practice. “Never once in any of those cases did it say it had to be between a man and woman. 15 times it said it was a matter of privacy, liberty, association, dignity and respect for the individual. That’s what the constitution’s all about.”
Perkins, in woeful defense, tried to interrupt, “Marriage – but not same-sex marriage.”
Olsen swatted that away without a shrug.
Weak, Tony. Very, very weak.