Prominent GOPs Sign Brief Against Prop 8
By Lisa Keen
Originally printed 2/28/2013 (Issue 2109 - Between The Lines News)
The talk of many political pundits this week is a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court filed by a group of prominent Republicans that argues that California's Proposition 8, banning marriage for same-sex couples, violates the federal constitutional rights of gay people.
The brief has not yet been filed with the Supreme Court but was reported on Monday (Feb. 25) by the New York Times, which was given an advance copy of the document. Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg said she could not release the brief or the list of signers to other reporters, and attempts to obtain the brief elsewhere have been, so far, unsuccessful.
But, according to Stolberg's article, the brief argues that California's ban, as well as "all similar bans," violates the U.S. constitution. As of Monday, she reported, 75 people had signed onto the amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief, including "a string of Republican officials and influential thinkers."
Signers identified by the Times include former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 in 2008, two years prior to her unsuccessful bid for office. Former Republican governors Christine Whitman of New Jersey, William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift of Massachusetts, Gary Johnson of New Mexico, and Jon Huntsman of Utah have also signed the brief.
Other signers include U.S. Reps. Richard Hanna of New York and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and former Reps. Deborah Pryce of Ohio, Mary Bono Mack and Michael Huffington of California, and Connie Morella of Maryland.
Signers also include numerous officials from the administration of President Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, including Reagan White House Chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein and Reagan budget director David Stockman.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights issued a press release Tuesday (February 26) saying the signers include more than 80 "political conservatives, moderates, and libertarians," including openly gay former U.S. Rep. James Kolbe and openly gay Mary Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
AFER's list also identifies signers to include Republican media advisor Alex Castellanos and numerous officials from the 2012 Republican presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.
Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gergory Angelo said the list is important because "Republicans who support the freedom to marry for committed gay and lesbian couples can no longer be dismissed as a small fringe of the party."
"The individuals who signed on to this Proposition 8 brief are some of the party's most respected and influential individuals," said Angelo. "They understand that there is a conservative case to be made for marriage equality, and we hope other Republican leaders follow their bold lead and support marriage for all Americans."
Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson said the list demonstrates that support for marriage equality "mainstream position that reflects American values of freedom, family, and fairness, as well as conservative values of limited government and personal responsibility."
The Times reported that the openly gay former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, spent "months" quietly gathering signatures from Republican peers.
According to the Times, the brief cites some very high-profile Supreme Court decisions in its reasoning, including the controversial campaign finance decision Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, and a controversial gun ownership case, D.C. v. Heller.
Producers of the brief have until Friday (February 28) to submit it to the court. At that time, it will become a public document available through the court's website.
The U.S. Supreme Court will oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case on March 26. It will hear arguments in the DOMA case March 27. Briefs in support of striking down DOMA are due March 13.
Link to AFER list of who signed:
Link to NYTimes article:
- Women's Colleges Address Transgender Applicants
- In Apology To Trans Community, HRC Pledges Push For Broad LGBT Bill
- Third Circuit Court Upholds Conversion Therapy Ban
- Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada Gay Marriage Laws In Court
- 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Marriage Bans
- 32 States Request SCOTUS To Settle Same-Sex Marriage
- Obama Names Lesbian As U.S. Chief Tech. Officer
- 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Marriage Bans
- Joan Rivers Dead At 81
- First Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality
- Transgender Teen To Sue SC Over License Photo
- Ram's Cut 1st Openly Gay Player Drafted, Cowboys Pick Him Up
- Kentucky City Considers Non Discrimination Law
- Indiana Gay Marriage Supporters Push Hard In 2014
- Book On Gay Steelworkers Prompts Union Changes
- California Bans 'Gay Panic' Defense
- Utah Plaintiffs Ask SCOTUS To Review Case
- First-Of-Its-Kind LGBT Jewish Curriculum
- Womyn Born Womyn House Staffer Edits Trans Identity Wikipedia Pages
- Financial Services
- Comerica Bank
- Florists/Floral Design
- Schroeter's Flowers
- Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
- Home Inspectors
- Widman Home Services, Inc.
- Miner's Den Jewelers
- Moving Companies
- Two Men And A Truck
- Michigan State University Museum
- Pet Day Care
- Happy Hounds Dog Day Care & Lodging
- D.J. Murray Plumbing
- Tios Mexican Cafe
Enter contests to win great prizes like CDs, DVDs, concert tickets and more
- Michfest Responds: We Have a Few Demands Of Our Own
- Q&A: Jennifer Hudson On Lesbian Rumors & Drag Queen Attitude: 'I Don't Care What You Think'
- LeAnn Rimes Q&A: 'Eddie & I Are A Gay Man's Wet Dream'
- Why Jason Mraz Won't Kiss & Tell: 'I've Spoken Up For The Things That Are Important To Me'
- Equality Michigan Stands With Allies: Seeking Full Inclusion
"The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a powerful 2013 feature documentary about animal rights, made accessible through the photos and personal journey of well-known international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and lesbian filmmaker Liz Marshall.
This Week's Issue
Download or view this week's print issue today!
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletters today!