Pro-Gay Marriage Republicans Continue to Emerge
More than two dozen Republicans added their names to a brief imploring the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, the New York Times reported. Along with the 75 Republicans who'd already singed on, that puts the tally at more than 100, as today's filing deadline for the Proposition 8 case arrives.
Here are the names important enough for the Times to note:
Beth Myers, who ran [Mitt] Romney's 2008 campaign and was a senior adviser to him in 2012; Charles Bass, a former member of Congress from New Hampshire; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economist who advised Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Also on the list is B. J. Nikkel, who made national news last year when she became the only Republican on the Colorado House Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of same-sex civil unions. She previously worked as district director for Representative Marilyn Musgrave, a former congresswoman whose signature issue in Washington was banning same-sex marriage.
That puts these Republicans to the left of President Obama when it comes to Prop. 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage. While the administration of "The First Gay President" filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act -- which prevents same-sex partners from receiving the federal employee benefits of heterosexual couples -- he has not signed one for the Prop. 8 case as of this writing.
The oral arguments for both Prop. 8 and DOMA will be in late March.