75 Republicans Sign Supreme Court Brief in Support of Gay Marriage
At least 75 prominent Republicans have signed a legal brief that argues gay marriage is a constitutional right, the New York Times reports.
The document will be submitted to the Supreme Court this week and will support a lawsuit that aims to take down Proposition 8. The court will also hear arguments next month against the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars same-sex marriage on a federal level. The high court is expected to rule on the cases in early summer.
The conservatives who signed the brief are mostly out-of-office Republicans and former top officials who have not voiced their support for marriage equality. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld and Jane Swift, and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, have all signed the document. Additionally, Meg Whitman, who supported Prop 8 when she ran for California governor, Stephen J. Hadley, a George W. Bush national security adviser and James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official, signed the brief.
"Like a lot of the country, my views have evolved on this from the first day I set foot in Congress. I think it’s just the right thing, and I think it’s on solid legal footing, too," Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House of Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress and signed the document, told the newspaper.
Some pundits suggest that the filing could drive the wedge between Republicans who support gay marriage and those who don’t even further.