Dozens of prominent Republicans have signed a legal brief arguing that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear two cases on the issue next month.
The "friend of the court" legal brief, was signed by 75 conservatives, including close advisers to former President George W. Bush, former governors and two members of Congress. It challenges the current GOP leadership's opposition to gay mariage, the New York Times reports.
Since the brief was signed by so many well-known former officials, it suggests that it's easier for GOP members to speak out against the party's platform once they leave public life, the Times said.
The brief will be filed this week at the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative blocking same-sex marriage. The court will also hear a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the Times reports.
Via the New York Times