75 GOP Bigwigs Sign Brief Backing Gay Marriage
Top Republicans show support before key Supreme Court case
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 4:13 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2013 7:56 AM CST
Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman has changed her position on gay marriage since her 2010 campaign for California governor.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Scores of prominent Republicans have made an unprecedented show of support for gay marriage. The GOPers, including Jon Huntsman, former George W. Bush administration officials, and four former governors, have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have the constitutional right to marry, the New York Times reports. The brief will be submitted to the Supreme Court before it hears the pivotal Proposition 8 gay rights case next month and analysts believe it could do much to sway the justices—as well as provoke fierce clashes within the party.

The signers—most of whom are no longer in office—include some who have never supported gay marriage before and others who have changed their positions, including former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. "Like a lot of the country, my views have evolved on this from the first day I set foot in Congress. I think it’s just the right thing, and I think it’s on solid legal footing, too," says Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership. The brief is missing the signatures of some prominent pro-gay marriage Republicans, including Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, and Laura Bush—who recently asked to be removed from a pro-gay marriage ad.

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Feb 26, 2013 11:45 PM CST
It's amazing the number of folks on this very board that commended the President for sharing his "evolved" position on gay marriage less than a year ago but dismiss or trivialize this story. The President announces his decision on television while running for office and he's hailed as a champion of civil rights. These political leaders literally go on the record supporting gay marriage in a Supreme Court case and their actions are met with scorn and derision. I'd point out the hypocrisy but then again, consistency in principles is unknown to the partisan mind.
Feb 26, 2013 9:27 PM CST
Homosexuality is anatomically and biologically unnatural and thus immoral. One cannot make a moral wrong the basis of a civil right.
Feb 26, 2013 7:29 PM CST
'Bout time!