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02/26/2013

In equality vs. discrimination debate, writing is on the wall; 70+ leading conservatives put it in a brief, too

by Jeremy Hooper

Former gubernatorial candidate (and Prop 8 supporter) Meg Whitman, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Richard Hanna (R-NY), Bush national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, and President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director David A. Stockman. Those are just some of the prominent elephant-straddlers who have signed on to a brief telling the Supreme Court to let same-sex couples marry:

Screen Shot 2013-02-26 At 8.42.49 AmWASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.
Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage [NY Times]

My sources tell me that the brief and its full list of leading conservative signatories (over 70 in total!) will be made available later this week. A timeline that is surely annoying for those social conservatives who refuse to sign on to equality, as they are betting on weeks running backward rather than forward.

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**UPDATE: FULL LIST

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