Earlier this month, we blogged about the growing momentum of the national movement for legalizing same-sex marriage.
In a stark, very heartening sign of that momentum—and the dramatic extent to which the ideological “map” is being redrawn in favor of equality—75 influential Republicans have formally demonstrated their support for the cause.
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.
Battles within the Republican party are currently a subject of great attention, as tension between the party’s old guard and Tea Party factions—especially in the House of Representatives—continues unabated. Clashes across party lines also dominate recent headlines, as Washington barrels toward large budget cuts in the form of sequestration.
So it is a breath of fresh air that one political fight, the gay marriage debate, appears destined for a just conclusion. How long that will take is impossible to know, but this latest development has the chance to tip the upcoming Supreme Court hearings on the matter. Per the Times:
Legal analysts said the brief had the potential to sway conservative justices as much for the prominent names attached to it as for its legal arguments. The list of signers includes a string of Republican officials and influential thinkers — 75 as of Monday evening — who are not ordinarily associated with gay rights advocacy, including some who are speaking out for the first time and others who have changed their previous positions.
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