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Video: Conservative & Gay Rights Attorney, Ted Olson, on Prop 8

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The historic fight over gay marriage began a new chapter yesterday, as the federal trial over Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, saw its first day. Some of the first words heard were of Ted Olson, a major conservative figure who was President George Bush's appointed United States Solicitor General and lawyer in Bush v. Gore. Despite his background, the California raised and educated lawyer has sided with the right for same-sex marriage.

Above, Olson lays out why he's taken his stance--best line: "those people who have said that we're pushing the Constitution too far, I don't think have read the Constitution"--and below, you can read his opening statement from yesterday morning.