Olson: “Gays and Lesbians Are Defined By Status.”

March 26th, 2013

Justice Ginsburg’s CLS v. Martinez Time-Bomb reignites:

MR. OLSON: I would make — I would make 17 the — also would make the — that distinguishes it in 18 one respect. But also — also — I would also make the 19 argument, Mr. Chief Justice, that we are — this — 20 marriage is a fundamental right and we are making a 21 classification based upon a status of individuals, which 22 this Court has repeatedly decided that gays and lesbians 23 are defined by their status. There is no question about 24 that.