Anybody who hasn't?
Some people suspect you're a double agent, a Trojan horse on this case.
Yes, I've heard that too -- I don't think so much any more, now that we're having support from the ACLU and from national lesbian groups and so forth. And no one who knows me thinks for a second that I would ever take a case without doing everything I possibly could to win.
Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr left the party, criticizing it for losing some of its true conservative bearings. Do you think along those lines too?
I don't mean to speak for others. It is a conservative value to respect the relationship that people seek to have with one another, a stable, committed relationship that provides a backbone for our community, for our economy. I think conservatives should value that.
You make it sound personal as well as philosophical. Do you have gay friends or family? I ask because for some Americans, gay people are unknowns. They're "them."
I don't know that we have anybody in the immediate family who's gay. But I have had [gay] friends my entire life. People who say they don't know any gay people -- they're wrong, they do. They may not recognize them as gay. There are gay people in our neighborhoods, there are gay people wherever you work. Knowing [gay] people helps [you] to understand that it is not "us and them." It should all be "us."
Have you attended a gay wedding or commitment ceremony? Because I'm sure you'll be on a lot of guest lists.
No, I have not. I would be happy to attend.
Some anti-Proposition 8 strategists think gay marriage has been doing pretty well in elections state by state, so why risk taking this to federal court?
In the first place, we believe we can be successful. In the second place, it has been very difficult to win elections, and the California election was one example of that. Three, it's very difficult to tell the people we represent that you must wait until people throughout the country decide to recognize that you are to be treated equally. Not everyone is going to agree with the legal strategy, but we think we are at the right place at the right time in the right court, and we're hopeful we'll be successful.
Your birthday is Sept. 11, and on that day in 2001, your wife, Barbara, an attorney and a conservative commentator, was killed in the terrorist attacks.
My wife was on the airplane that went into the Pentagon. That was a very difficult day. I think our memories tend to fade a little bit. I guess we think after so many years that it was an aberration and could never happen again. Sadly, it could happen again. It's important for people to remain vigilant and remember what did happen that day was an assault on America's values.
You eventually remarried, to a lawyer named Lady Booth, a Democrat and Obama supporter. Has she influenced your political thinking?
Well, she thinks that she has! She's working on me. It's important to be surrounded by people who think differently than we do. We don't learn anything if we surround ourselves by people who think the same way we do.
This interview was edited and excerpted from a longer taped transcript. An archive of Morrison's interviews is online at latimes.com/pattasks.