The marriage equality win streak has caught the attention of Stephen Colbert. The host of “The Colbert Report” took on gay marriage by conducting a hilarious and moving interview with Republican lawyer Theodore Olson and Democratic lawyer David Bois, two of the lawyers responsible for helping strike down California’s Proposition 8. Colbert started off his gay marriage segment Tuesday night by discussing the changing perception about same-sex marriage.
Colbert starting off his hilarious monologue by highlighting some of the key moments in the path same-sex marriage has taken. He told the audience that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman, but by the end he admitted that “gay people are winning the war” over same-sex marriage.
The new “Late Show” host also talked about the increasing number of states where same-sex couples can legally wed and even took a shot at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for his sudden silence on the issue of gay marriage, which he has opposed. By the end of the monologue Colbert admits, “In fact, I too have felt the changing tides. And so tonight in solidarity with Scott Walker I, Stephen Colbert, am officially taking no stand on gay marriage. Where do I find the indifference?”
Colbert wasn’t done yet. He brought on Olson and Bois to discuss their new book, “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality.” The two, who started out as foes before joining together in the fight against Proposition 8, talked about the reasons they decided to join forces. When asked how they could be friends after being on opposite sides of the issues, Olson explained, “The think that influenced David and me the most is that we’re in a country where we’re discriminating against our fellow citizens. We’re telling them that they’re not entitled to be treated the same.”
In response, Colbert joked that they are treated the same as “none of them can get married to each other.” He then utilized his version of “equal protection,” saying, “I got married as a taunt to gay people.” Through all the laughs, it was also a compelling segment, which represented the path of change and acceptance that was highlight almost a year ago when the Supreme Court made two historic rulings that catapulted the fight for marriage equality throughout the country.