One Equal World

Allies in the Fight for Marriage Equality

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Image: via Shutterstock.

Image: via Shutterstock.

It’s an exciting time in politics these days, with growing legislative support for same sex marriage. And some of that support is coming from what might seem like a surprising place–namely, the Republican party.

In fact, more than 300 big-name Republican lawmakers signed an amicus brief introduced in March that expressed support for marriage equality. Here’s a look at some of these supporters.

Ken Mehlman

A businessman, attorney, and former Chair of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman has spoken out for LGBT rights since 2013, when he launched a non-profit organization called Project Right Side, which focuses on getting more Republican party members to support marriage equality.

Mehlman is the brains behind this latest amicus, just as he was behind a similar 2013 effort that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same sex marriage in the state. He argues that one major reason Republicans should support marriage equality is because, as his amicus brief states, to refuse to allow same sex partners to marry is “inconsistent with…the properly limited role of government.” The amicus brief continues, “Although amici hold a broad spectrum of socially and politically conservative, moderate, and libertarian views, amici share the view that laws that bar same sex couples from the institution of civil marriage, with all its attendant profoundly important rights and responsibilities, are inconsistent with the United States Constitution’s dual promises of equal protection and due process.”

Susan Collins

Elected in 1996, Maine Senator Susan Collins is currently serving her fourth term in the US Senate. She focuses on bipartisan compromise in the areas of homeland security, national defense, disaster response, education, business development, and health care.

Her previous work with LGBT issues includes joining former Senator Joe Lieberman in the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Charlie Baker

The 72nd Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker served in the Weld and Cellucci Administrations in the 1990s, turning a billion dollar deficit into a surplus. His work led to the creation of half a million jobs and an education reform agenda for the state. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1999 to 2009, during which time it was named one of the Boston Business Journal‘s Best Places to Work for seven years in a row. His focus is on making Massachusetts an inclusive, safe place for families to live.

Rudy Giuliani

The former Mayor of New York City is probably best known for his work prosecuting pivotal cases against the Italian Mafia in the 1980s and, of course, his leadership during and after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

While Giuliani previously came down in favor of civil unions and not same sex marriage, he has since changed his stance to support marriage, opposing a federal ban on gay marriage and supporting the recent amicus brief.

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