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Scores Of Republicans Sign Legal Brief Supporting Gay Marriage Ahead Of Supreme Court Arguments

Posted by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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Scores Of Republicans Sign Legal Brief Supporting Gay Marriage Ahead Of Supreme Court Arguments

 

At least 75 top Republicans have signed a legal brief to be submitted to the Supreme Court this week, arguing that gay marriage is a constitutional right, according to The New York Times, which got a copy of the document.

The court is preparing to take on the subject of gay marriage late next month, when it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, and the Defense of Marriage Act. It is expected to render a decision in early summer.

The signers of the document are mostly out-of-office Republicans or former top officials, including former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), former Massachusetts Govs. William Weld and Jane Swift, and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.

Reps. Richard Hanna (N.Y.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) are notable exceptions, and are among the most pro-gay Republicans in Congress.

Their position stands in contrast to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is poised to spend up to $3 million in defense of DOMA. The law prohibits same-sex married couples from getting federal benefits and allows states not to recognize other states' same-sex unions. The Obama administration has directed its Justice Department not to defend the law.

The friend-of-the-court brief is apparently aimed squarely at conservatives' hearts, citing the Citizens United case on campaign finance and District of Columbia v. Heller, which overturned the city's handgun ban.

Former first lady Laura Bush, who protested to get footage of her removed from a pro-gay marriage ad campaign last week, has not signed the brief. Neither has former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has not signed it, despite the fact that pro-gay Republican groups crow that he has been more progressive than President Barack Obama on the issue.

 

 

by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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Very cool.. progress is being made..

too bad that we had to regress and fight to fix it first

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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 agreed

Quoting Sekirei:

Very cool.. progress is being made..

too bad that we had to regress and fight to fix it first

 Comedian @[44636749901:274:Joe Rogan]

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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It's only a matter of time...

lga1965
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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 Strange that Cheney hasn't signed since his daughter is a Lesbian with a wife. You would think he would sign and feel some compassion....?

tscritch
by Silver Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

 This is a (small) step in the right direction!!

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

sleep

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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If the GOP wants to survive, it has to bendin the wind on this one. They've lost. Best to adapt. 

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

 

You of course are aware that a lot of Republicans did win races this last election, they simply didn't win the Presidency.

Other than the power of an Incumbent, and some well documented fraud, what is your opinion of the reason that the Republican candidate didn't do better.

(so far everyone has gotten this question wrong - here is your opportunity for open minded shining)

Quoting mehamil1:

If the GOP wants to survive, it has to bendin the wind on this one. They've lost. Best to adapt. 


 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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 republicans were out voted by more than 1 million votes and only retained their seats because of gerrymandering...

Quoting Billiejeens:

 

You of course are aware that a lot of Republicans did win races this last election, they simply didn't win the Presidency.

Other than the power of an Incumbent, and some well documented fraud, what is your opinion of the reason that the Republican candidate didn't do better.

(so far everyone has gotten this question wrong - here is your opportunity for open minded shining)

Quoting mehamil1:

If the GOP wants to survive, it has to bendin the wind on this one. They've lost. Best to adapt. 

 

 

 

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM
Dismissed, next.
Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 republicans were out voted by more than 1 million votes and only retained their seats because of gerrymandering...

Quoting Billiejeens:

 

You of course are aware that a lot of Republicans did win races this last election, they simply didn't win the Presidency.

Other than the power of an Incumbent, and some well documented fraud, what is your opinion of the reason that the Republican candidate didn't do better.

(so far everyone has gotten this question wrong - here is your opportunity for open minded shining)

Quoting mehamil1:

If the GOP wants to survive, it has to bendin the wind on this one. They've lost. Best to adapt. 

 

 

 


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