Bush Solicitor General 'Proud' of Lady Gaga’s Support for Same-Sex Marriage

By Nicholas Ballasy | June 6, 2011 | 5:54 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – Ted Olson, former Solicitor General under President George W. Bush said he is “proud” of Lady Gaga’s support for same sex marriage and credited celebrities for raising public awareness of the issue.

Ted Olsen (AP Photo)

“Lady Gaga – I’m very proud that she announced last week that one of the songs on her album – I have no idea which, I don’t – was inspired by the Proposition 8 case – she really said that so I accept her,” said Olson on Monday during a keynote address at a U.S. Justice Department Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) ceremony called “Moving Equality Forward – the Power of Allies.”


Record producer Fernando Garibay has said the song he produced called “Americano” on Lady Gaga’s latest album was “directly inspired” by the Proposition 8 ruling. Lady Gaga sings the lyrics, “If you love me, we can marry on the West Coast/ On a Wednesday, en el verano, en agosto."

Olson, recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2010 for his effort with David Boies to overturn California's prohibition on same sex marriage also credited actress Marisa Tomei for her contributions to raising awareness of Proposition 8.

“The Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei has been reading the parts of two of the female plaintiffs in public parks along with other actors just so that people could just stand around and hear what the testimony was in that case,” he said.

“So, we’re doing everything that we can to involve people in this case so that they talk to other people so that they learn something about this whole issue. We, of course, cannot begin to quantify the degree to which proposition 8 has contributed to changes in public opinion.”

Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, who introduced Olson at the ceremony, called the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a “landmark change” in America but said LGBT citizens are still at risk.

“In February, on President Obama’s order, the Attorney General notified the Speaker of the House [John Boehner] that in two pending cases, the Justice Department would not defend the constitutionality of section three of DOMA, which prevents the federal government from recognizing marriages between same sex couples,” said Perrelli.

“And while those are landmark changes that have occurred over the last year, we know that LGBT citizens remain at risk of discrimination and violence.”