More than 75 influential Republicans have signed a legal brief in support of same-sex marriage, as the GOP divide over the issue widens in advance of a major Supreme Court ruling.
The New York Times reported
last night that Jon Huntsman, Christine Todd Whitman, Bill Weld, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Richard Hanna (NY), former Bush national security advisor Stephen Hadley, and former Reagan budget director David Stockman, were all among those demonstrating their support for marriage equality by signing the brief.
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 brief argues that gay marriage supports family values by allowing children of gay unions to grow up in two-parent households, and promotes the conservative values of limited government and individual freedom,
Steve Schmidt, a senior advisor on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, said he signed the brief because freedom means freedom for everyone:
“The die is cast on this issue when you look at the percentage of younger voters who support gay marriage. As Dick Cheney said years ago, ‘Freedom means freedom for everybody.’”
HRC President Chad Griffin said of the brief: “There’s nothing partisan about standing up for American values like freedom, liberty, and equality. We’re proud to have these prominent Republicans join Ted Olson in supporting a freedom-based Constitutional argument for equality. None of us–Democrat, Republican or Independent–would want to be told that we can’t marry the person we love, and these signatories are blazing the trail for the next generation of fair-minded Republicans still to come.”