American Foundation for Equal Rights

Politico: More than 80 Republican leaders sign pro-gay marriage brief

More than 80 of the nation’s most prominent Republicans — including top officials of all recent Republican administrations and presidential campaigns – on Tuesday came out publicly in favor of a constitutional right to gay marriage in a brief to be filed this week with the Supreme Court.

The list includes six former governors; prominent commentators and strategists Alex Castellanos, David Frum, Rich Galen, Mark McKinnon, Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt; Mary Cheney; Ben Ginsberg, counsel to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign; George W. Bush administration officials Kevin and Catherine Martin, and Mark and Nicolle Wallace; and operatives ranging from Ken Duberstein, former chief of staff to Ronald Reagan, to Ken Spain, part of Washington’s younger generation.

American Foundation for Equal Rights — which challenged California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ban on gay marriage now being reviewed by the Supreme Court — provided the list of signatories to POLITICO after plans for the friend-of-the-court brief were reported in Tuesday’s New York Times.

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