Stephen Colbert: “I’m here, they’re queer, let’s talk about something else”

Stephen Colbert interviews gay marriage super-lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, the attorneys who argued the Proposition 8 case in California, and won.

As you know, Prop 8 — which repealed gay marriage in California — was struck down by a lower court, and then the Supreme Court ruled that the bad guys’ appeal had no standing, so the lower court opinion, striking down Prop 8, stands. In other words, it is now legal (again) for gay couples to get married in California.

Olson and Boies were on Colbert talking about their new book about the Prop 8 case, “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality.” (If you buy the book, or shop more generally on Amazon, via these links, AMERICAblog gets a portion of the proceeds.)

Here’s Colbert on the gay marriage juggernaut, followed by his interview with Olson and Boies:

Here’s Colbert interviewing Olson and Boies:


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    If I come across other info, I’ll let you know. Problem is that these posts close to additional posts after a short period of time. If you want to, you can email me at d3clark48 At Y*h** dotcom then, if I find anything I’ll email you the link. Put Drew2u in the subject line so I’ll know it’s not spam.

  • Thom Allen

    Yeah, and some of the others that they picked don’t seem to have done as much as others. Harvey Milk didn’t make it, either, along with several others who easily should have.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Ken Melhman? That man did all he could to hurt the LGBT community. I cannot believe they included him. He’s tried to make nice the last few years. Maybe after 20 or 30 years of that, he will have the right to be on such a list.

  • Drew2u

    I love it, I just wish it had more information on history pre-stonewall. There was a gay British soldier in WW1, I forget his name, who not only composed poems (gay), but charged head on into battle and threw grenades everywhere, inspiring his platoon; talk about badass. Gays didn’t just happen to pop up post-Stonewall, and I’d love a non-modern-history in addition to that – and other posts, like the Pride Parade article, below.

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  • Drew2u

    That should be front page, everywhere, thanks!!

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  • Thom Allen

    I don’t use Tumblr much. Maybe you can go there and search for “LGBT history” and see what might be available there. Or on WordPress or similar sites.

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  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    i wish Queerty could have been a lot more careful. The picture of Vito Russo was not from a Pride Celebration. It was taken in October 1988 outside of the Department of Health and Human Resources. Act Up is just as much a part of our history as Pride. If you don’t know who Vito Russo was, it’s time you do.

  • Drew2u

    While yes, Pride Parades are a large part of the LGBT culture, it isn’t the only thing. I mean in an overall sense of LGBT history, can there be some educational source that can be used in a similar manner to Black History Month or Women’s History Month?
    With that said, I would love to see how Pride Parades enhanced the community aspect of the people and helped to organize, advocate, and bring attention to issues – such as the picture of the kid with a sign that said, “I love my two dads”. I would assume that Pride Parades help the LGBT community more than, say, St. Patrick’s Day parades help(ed) the Irish or Mardi Gras help(ed) … who, the catholics?

  • doug105

    Theres this over on queerty.
    PHOTOS: 45 Years Of Gay Pride In 45 Amazing Images
    http://www.queerty.com/photos-45-years-of-gay-pride-in-45-amazing-images-20140617
    And some links

  • Drew2u

    See, I find that kind of thing fascinating. Who organized that parade in the midst of that kind of public pressure, who were those people and why did they decide to march? All these things I would love to see a kind of Ken Burns doc on.

  • Drew2u

    You just reminded me of an app that is, “This Day in LGBT History” which I should download, but I would love a site – possibly Tumblr? – in which people and organizations could add some kind of historical LGBT occurrence and significance; aided by twitter, also, for ease-of-follow.

  • Thom Allen

    I don’t know of a site that does a Gay History Month, but for LGBT history:

    In San Francisco there’s an LGBTQ museum: http://www.glbthistory.org/

    Fordham University (NY) has a site that has a lot of info: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/index.asp#links

    plus lists these additional sites:
    http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/index-links.asp#links

    Chicago has an LGBT history site that primarily focuses on LGBT history in the Chicago area. Florida has a similar site with emphasis on gay Floridians, etc. These should be good for starters.

  • nicho

    I wish I had a photo of the first Gay Pride march I went to — way back when. There were a couple of hundred people, and a lot of them had bags with eye holes cut out over their heads, because they would have lost their jobs if their pictures were in the paper. Today, that same march draws crowds in the hundreds of thousands.

  • Drew2u

    Are there any sites that do an annual Gay History Month series of posts for June? JMG has a couple of annual personal anecdotes he reposts every year, but wouldn’t something like the videos of the decades of news stories about LGBT rights be appropriate for an annual series?

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