will argue on behalf of two gay couples in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a federal case challenging Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state... Even if he prevails, defendant intervenors will almost certainly appeal; ultimately the case may wind up before the Supreme Court—a possibility Olson clearly relishes.http://www.newsweek.com/id/229956 So apparently same-sex marriage proponents don't mind using the same lawyer who gave us President Dubbya 2000. Apparently getting in bed with a man who has done almost as much to dismantle affirmative action as Chief Justice Rehnquist is fine as long as you get to have that lovely wedding come June. That's because the same-sex marriage movement is a conservative plot. It was the gay marriage folk and their allies who insisted that we take the alternative out of alternative lifestyle. Promiscuous gays, gender queers, and sex-working sorts were no longer welcome at their parades. The same-sex marriage people were so anxious to be "like straight people" that they lost sight of the revolutionary possibilities of the original gay liberation movement- a movement that tied racism to patriarchy to homophobia and would have never, ever gotten into bed with the likes of Olson. And so Dubbya's number one lawyer will probably also be the gay marriage movement's savior. Olson will probably see the case go to the Supreme Court and he will probably win. And we can all "celebrate" with a big white wedding (and the cynical understanding that you can get a lot further in the American political system by pushing a narrow, special interest agenda than anything as truly revolutionary as gay liberation). Of course, the cynicism of using Olson may backfire on the gay marriage movement. Dubbya's lawyer as the gay marriage advocate might just be so jarring, cause so much cognitive dissonance, that millions of seemingly sane people will suddenly wake up to the truth that marriage is not going to set anyone free.