Target: Republican Theodore Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States during the Bush administration and one of the leading lawyers of the suit in the Proposition 8 issue.
Goal: Thank Republican leaders for doing their part to support same-sex marriage and encourage them to keep fighting for it.
Prominent members of the Republication Party have come out in support of same-sex marriage publicly. Some of them are even reversing positions they held earlier against same-sex marriage. Their timing for doing so now is likely due to the fact that same-sax marriage is about to be brought in front of the Supreme Court as a major issue, as California’s Proposition 8 is being analyzed to see if it will need to be struck down as an initiative. It is therefore brave and righteous of these Republican Party members to show their support at this critical junction. They should be commended for their actions.
Many prominent members of former president George Bush’s administration feature prominently in the group that is standing for same-sex marriage, despite the fact that the former administration was noted for not being especially progressive on the issue. Theodore Olson, the Solicitor General under Bush, is one of the top lawyers arguing the case for same-sax marriage. Carlos Gutierrez, one of Bush’s commerce secretaries, has also come out in support of the initiative. James Comey, a lead Justice Department official under Bush, has shown his support, as has Stephen Hadley, a national security adviser under Bush. Maybe the most prominent statement came from John Huntsman, who had opposed same-sex marriage during his election bid for the presidency in 2012 but last week explained his change of heart in an article titled “Marriage Equality is a Conservative Cause.”
This is definitely encouraging to see, as same-sex marriage needs all the help it can get in order to achieve its deserved legal status. Finding new supporters for the cause that were once enemies is a great way to get the ball rolling toward serious, progressive, positive reform with regard to the issue. These actions by the Republicans deserve respect and recognition.
Dear Mr. Olson,
You and your fellow Republicans deserve the utmost respect for your actions relating to the current same-sex marriage issue. You have taken a strong stand on an important topic, and you are moving this country in a positive direction with regard to equality among all. For this you should be commended.
It is especially refreshing to know that some of the most recent backers of the initiative are those who had previously been against the issue. It is nice to know that people are able to come around on such important human rights issues such as this, and decide to want to help make the world a better place.
Therefore, I offer you and everyone else who has recently come out in support of this initiative a sincere “thank you.” I also leave you with a challenge: to keep on fighting for this initiative, and for this cause in general. Same-sex marriage is still a long way from being as legal as it deserves to be, but with more help and care from people like you and your peers, it can get there one day.
[Your Name Here]
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