In a move that should create not only greater wedges within the Republican Party, but could possibly cut through the other arguments being handed to the United State Supreme Court, somewhere close to 75 Republican politicians including top advisors to former President Bush, four former governors and two current members of Congress have signed onto an amicus brief challenging the legality of bans on same-sex marriage.
This is a direct challenge to House Speaker John Boehner, who has spent a couple million dollars unsuccessfully defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Furthermore, the case against Prop 8 is being argued by former Bush Solicitor General Theodore Olson. Also arguing the case is former Senate Judiciary Committee counsel David Boies, a Liberal.
The document is being submitted to the Supreme Court in support of the attempt to strike down Prop 8, which is being argued back-to-back with arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act. The amicus brief argues that same-sex marriage promotes family values by offering stabile, two parent homes to the children of gay couples, and advances the Conservative values of“limited government and maximizing individual freedom.”
Among those who are supporting the amicus brief are former CA gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (who supported Prop 8 when she ran for office); Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Richard Hanna (NY); former Bush national security advisor Stephen J. Hadley; former Commer Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; former Bush Justice Department official James B. Comey; Reagan budget director David A. Stockman; former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman; former Massachusetts Governors William Weld and Jane Swift; and retired Ohio House Republican leader Deborah Pryce.
Pryce stated that “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.”
Republican strategist John Feehery stated “The ground on this is obviously changing, but it is changing more rapidly than people think. I think that Republicans in the future are going to be a little bit more careful about focusing on these issues that tend to divide the party.”
It remains to be seen if Laura Bush, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell will sign onto the brief.
The brief apparently includes a great number of citations that are right up the ally of the Conservative mindset, including the controversial Citizens United decision.