Not only have 75 Republicans signed an amicus brief with SCOTUS in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, regarding California’s Proposition 8. The NY Times describes those signing as including “dozens” of “prominent” status. Whatever the Supreme Court decides regarding the Prop 8 case, as well as the challenge to DOMA, it is clear that things have changed when it comes to how this nation views marriage. Certainly there are still significant numbers who are opposed to all things homosexual, and who believe the “sanctity of traditional marriage” is threatened by “same-sex marriage.”
But that seventy five DC Elected Republicans are “openly” supporting marriage equality is evidence of huge changes. As the NY Times piece notes, this
… amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.
Ted Olson – former solicitor general for President Bush – made news when he took the pro-marriage equality position related to Prop 8, and according to the Times, the friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Republican members of Congress has Mr. Olson’s “blessing.”
(The brief) 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.
Among those signing: Meg Whitman; Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Richard Hanna (NY)’ Stephen J. Hadley (Bush national security adviser); Carlos Gutierrez (Bush commerce secretary); James B. Comey (Bush Justice Department official); David A. Stockman (Reagan budget director); Deborah Pryce (former member of House Republican leadership); Jon Huntsman; Christine Todd Whitman (former governor of NJ); William Weld and Jane Swift (former governors of MA); Steve Schmidt (McCain’s presidential campaign adviser).
The brief is, of course, in sharp disagreement with the House Republican leadership’s position. They have been defending DOMA – through the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group – since the Obama administration stopped doing so in February 2011.
From the NY Times:
Experts say that amicus briefs generally do not change Supreme Court justices’ minds. But on Monday some said that the Republican brief, written by Seth P. Waxman, a former solicitor general in the administration of President Bill Clinton, and Reginald Brown, who served in the Bush White House Counsel’s Office, might be an exception.
(March 4 Marriage SCOTUS via Good As You)