"Face the Nation" transcript May 13: Same-sex marriage, bomb plot leak, Mother's Day panel

I want to go first to Ted Olson, the conservative's conservative, the founder of The Federalist Society, George Bush's solicitor general. But you, Mister Olson, join with David Boies to argue in federal court that California's ban on gay marriage should be overturned, a case that may well go now to the Supreme Court. You've also been very active in Republican politics over the years. So I want to ask you to start here what is your advice now to Mitt Romney and Republicans in general on how to handle the statement that the President made?

TED OLSON (Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher/Former U.S. Solicitor General): Well, I think it's very important for everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, liberals and conservatives, to recognize that the right of individuals who love one another to get married and to be respected and treated with equality and dignity is exceedingly important. The more people understand that people have been waiting for years for the opportunity for their relationships to be treated equally and so that they can form a loving household is exceedingly important and it's an American value and we should all recognize that.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you think it was a smart political move for the President because many people and most polls show that gay and lesbian voters would have voted for him anyway. Is this going to help him politically, or will it-- or will it hurt him?

TED OLSON: Bob, no one asked me for political advice. I would say that it's an important statement as an American, as the President of the United States to recognize the equality and dignity of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors. That's what's important, not what was right or wrong or popular or unpopular politically. I don't know about politics. I do know about human rights and constitutional rights, and on that basis, I think the President did the right thing. I'm very glad he did it.

BOB SCHIEFFER: I would argue with you on one thing. I think you do know about politics, but we will-- we won't go into that right now.

Governor Patrick, many religious voters, including many black voters, are opposed to same-sex marriage. Is this issue going to threaten and hurt the President politically?

GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK (D-Massachusetts): I don't think so, Bob. And I want to-- I want to thank Ted for his clear and principled position on this issue and it's consistent with the President's clear and principled position on the issue because it's about convictions. It's not about politics. You know, I dealt with something similar in Massachusetts when I was running the first time in dealing with-- with black clergy and the point I made to them is the same-- same point that President makes to voters nationally, which is that we don't have to agree on everything before we work together on anything. People get that this is about human dignity. And I applaud the President for standing up for human dignity. That is an American value. And it's a real indication of this President's leadership.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, some Republicans have said, and we may hear this, I suspect, in just a minute or two from some of the other folks on the panel, that this really is going to galvanize, in some ways, Governor Romney's support because there are a lot of people on the right side of the Republican Party that were--


BOB SCHIEFER: --not quite sure of him on social issues. Do you think some social conservatives who might have been just lukewarm about Mitt Romney may now come right over and say, "I really like the guy now?"