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Conservative Leaders File Amicus Brief Calling for Marriage Equality

Posted on February 27th, 2013 at 20:52 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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What do Mary Bono Mack, James B. Comey, Jon Huntsman, Ken Mehlman, Steve Schmidt, William F. Weld, and Meg Whitman have in common? In addition to being conservative leaders, they’re also signatories to a brief calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Prop. 8.

Additional names are still being added, with a final list of names to be released when the brief is filed with the Supreme Court. Enacted in November 2008, Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry.

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The glass-half-empty crowd will note that there are 30 sitting Republican governors, and 45 sitting Republican senators, and the grand total of them who signed on to this brief is zero. There are 232 sitting Republican members of the U.S. House, and only two have stepped up to put their names on this list — 0.8% of the caucus.

Still, from where I sit, given the radicalization of Republican politics in recent years, I’m inclined to embrace progress where I can find it.

  1. It’s good to see people like Whitman, who was a strong Prop 8 supporter, come to her senses.

    I’d like to believe it’s because she’s actually thought about it, but I’m afraid it’s much more that the Republican Party is in disarray, and is looking for ways to broaden its base. Maybe, just maybe, this is the beginning of the end of the Devil’s Bargain that the fiscally-conservative “Chamber of Commerce” Republicans made with the Religious Right during the Reagan years.

    It remains to be seen…

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