One Equal World

300 Republicans Ask Supreme Court to Back Marriage Equality

Posted on: March 6, 2015

This week, more than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, consultants, and operatives came together to sign an amicus brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. The amicus brief, also known as a “friend of the court brief,” was organized by prominent Republican political consultant Ken Mehlman.

Gay MarriageEarlier this year, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would hear oral arguments in a case challenging the ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. According to TIME, the amicus brief was filed for “the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize unions nationwide,” as an initiative to persuade the court to rule in favor of the freedom to marry. TIME also points out that Mehlman headed a similar effort to overturn California’s Proposition 8 – a state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage – in 2013.

Many prominent Republicans came forward to sign the amicus brief as a showing of political solidarity on the issue of marriage equality. Republican signatories include former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, GOP billionaire David Koch, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, and Senators Susan Collins and Mark Kirk. As of March 5, the list of signatories had reached 303.

The fact that so many influential Republicans have come forward to support marriage equality is truly encouraging; hopefully the amicus brief will aid the fight for marriage equality in what many are considering a historic Supreme Court hearing.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality after the April 28 hearing, this would make it possible for same-sex couples across the rest of the country to wed. “The decision by the justices is potentially historic and could add to the rulings and other actions that now make it legal for gay couples to marry in 37 states and the District of Columbia,” writes Catalina Camia for USA Today.

It is projected that the Supreme Court justices will deliver a nationwide ruling on the issue of marriage equality by June 2015.

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