In what can only be interpreted as a visible sign of progress, several prominent Republicans have filed an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court stating that they support marriage equality for the whole United States.
Here’s the story from Time magazine…
More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday.
The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide. In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.
Among the signatories are 23 current and former Republicans members of the House of Representatives and Senate and seven current and former Governors. Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk have signed onto the brief, as has Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Other notables include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal and billionaire GOP mega-donor David Koch.
The 2013 brief included 131 signatures, featured many former top aides to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, including his general counsel and two senior advisors. The list has now grown to 303 signatories.
Next Gen party voices like MSNBC host Abby Huntsman, columnist Meghan McCain and political commentator S.E. Cupp, along with many top-level staffers from Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign also join the brief.
Noticeably absent from the signers are any members of the Texas Congressional delegation, or even any former elected officials from the state. Republicans vying for the Presidency in 2016 like Rand Paul or Chris Christie are also nowhere to be found.
Yet still, this is a welcomed show of strength and bravery for those that were willing to sign on. They clearly get the message that the Republican Party must move past marriage equality if they expect to be a competitive national force in the future.
But in the end, the fate of marriage equality still rests at the foot of the Supreme Court to decide. Let’s hope they settle this issue in the United States once and for all this summer.
LGBTQ Nation has a copy of the Amicus Brief.