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Ros-Lehtinen, Navarro join Supreme Court brief in support of gay marriage



The New York Times reports that at least 75 Republicans have signed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of same sex marriage, an issue before the court next month.

"The document will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and all similar bans. The court will hear back-to-back arguments next month in that case and another pivotal gay rights case that challenges the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act," the Times reports.

"Among them are Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 when she ran for California governor; Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York; Stephen J. Hadley, a Bush national security adviser; Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush; James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official; David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director; and Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress."

Florida GOP consultant Ana Navarro tweeted that she signed on, too. "I support equality. Proud to be signatory," she wrote.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:55am]


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