Dozens of prominent Republicans have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry—a direct contradiction of Republican Speaker John A. Boehner's position. (But, let's not forget, in full agreement with the position of a majority of Americans.) The document has the support of some top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors, and two current members of Congress.
The group will submit the document to the Supreme Court this week as an amicus brief in of support striking down Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bans same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court will hear back-to-back cases next month, including a pivotal gay rights case that will challenge the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Theodore B. Olson, a former solicitor general under Bush and one of the suit's two lead lawyers, has given his blessing to the brief. As of Monday night, it's been signed by 75 Republican officials and "influencers," some making their opinions clear for the first time, others reversing their positions on the matter. Meg Whitman, who supported Prop 8 when she ran for California governor, has signed, as has former Utah governor and China Ambassador Jon Huntsman, who last week penned an article last week that announced his change of heart. Welcome to the "most of America" club, guys, even if you're a little late.
[New York Times, image via AP]