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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:26 PM

Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.

The document will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and all similar bans. The court will hear back-to-back arguments next month in that case and another pivotal gay rights case that challenges the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The Proposition 8 case already has a powerful conservative supporter: Theodore B. Olson, the former solicitor general under Mr. Bush and one of the suit’s two lead lawyers. The amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief is being filed with Mr. Olson’s blessing. It argues, as he does, that same-sex marriage promotes family values by allowing children of gay couples to grow up in two-parent homes, and that it advances conservative values of “limited government and maximizing individual freedom.”

Legal analysts said the brief had the potential to sway conservative justices as much for the prominent names attached to it as for its legal arguments. The list of signers includes a string of Republican officials and influential thinkers — 75 as of Monday evening — who are not ordinarily associated with gay rights advocacy, including some who are speaking out for the first time and others who have changed their previous positions.

Among them are Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 when she ran for California governor; Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York; Stephen J. Hadley, a Bush national security adviser; Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush; James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official; David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director; and Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/us/politics/prominent-republicans-sign-brief-in-support-of-gay-marriage.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

So, has Meg Whitman seen the light, or simply planning another run for political office and knows in CA bigotry is the death knell for a candidate?

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:08 PM

1. Don't worry they'll all recant when it's brought to their attention

Ahem. Laura Bush.

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Response to Fearless (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:31 PM

2. I don't think they'll do a Laura on this.

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Response to MNBrewer (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:51 PM

3. I hope not.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:04 PM

4. I'm glad they did the right thing.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:28 PM

5. Too little. Too late.

You don't get to bash gays for 2 decades just to win votes and then change your mind when your hate starts losing you votes. Yes, Meg, that includes you.

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