"Face the Nation" transcript May 13: Same-sex marriage, bomb plot leak, Mother's Day panel
TED OLSON: No, they haven't so far. And, Bob, maybe it will be necessary for me to participate in the campaign if we have a real close election like we had in 2000. And I can be-- my skills as a lawyer can be brought to play. But, otherwise, I'll wait and see if anyone asks.
BOB SCHIEFFER: And of course what you're talking about is you argued in the Bush v. Gore you argued for the President. And David Boies, who joins you in this argument against the ban on gay marriage in California, joined you in that, in the-- in the-- in that election controversy. Of course he was on-- on the opposite side.
Clay, where do you go from here? Are you going to be out campaigning? Are you going to vote for President Obama this time?
CLAY AIKEN: I voted for President Obama last time. I'm sure-- I'm just isn't it-- I think-- I think all gay men and women are probably more energized to vote for President Obama now. And-- and so I'll definitely be-- I'll definitely be helping how I can.
BOB SCHIEFFER: And do you think people on the other side, Tony Perkins, are also energized by this?
TONY PERKINS: I-- I think it does draw a very clear line of distinction on a very important issue. Again, this is-- the reason I think we see the abortion issue and this issue is as strong parallels is because of the-- the fact that runs counter to nature to natural law, which is what our-- our-- our root-- our rights are bounded-- founded and in-- in the Declaration of Independence. So based on that natural law, the reason will get us there, re-- people have a hard time finding a reasonable approach to same-sex marriage.
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right.
Well, I want to thank all of you for joining us this morning. I'll be back in a minute with some thoughts about moms on Mother's Day.
BOB SCHIEFFER: I remember when my mother died. A friend said it takes a long time before you stop thinking of your mother every day. My mother died decades ago and I'm still waiting for that day. Somehow, some way, not a day passes that I don't think of her at least once, most days four or five times. She was a child of The Depression, who was widowed at an early age, but she devoted her life to seeing that her three children got what had been denied her, a college education. We all graduated. We were afraid not to. Yes, she loved us, but she was a tough customer, who expected and demanded no less, maybe that's why we made sure that all her grandchildren graduated, too. In the autumn of my life, I still hope she knows somehow and I do something that makes me proud. The other part is I still worry that she'll find out about the things I'm not so proud of and come after me. In an election year we talk about so many things that make a nation what it is and ought to be. But I believe the real core of our strength goes much deeper, and it's simpler. It goes to the mothers who teach us what is right and wrong. All the rest of it grows out of that. So happy Mother's Day, moms, yours is still the most important job of all.
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