More on the amicus briefs

Timothy Kincaid

March 7th, 2015

The plethora of amicus briefs have now been filed encouraging the US Supreme Court to find that anti-gay marriage bans violate the Equal Protections and Due Process provisions of the US Constitution. They included

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. This brief was signed by the 229 mayors from the nation’s largest cities to tiny burgs, from cities with vastly different racial, religious, and cultural heritage, by Republicans and Democrats, along with several dozen towns that signed on.

Corporations. Leaders of the nation’s largest corporations circulated a brief which garnered support from the Who’s Who of business. Most of the names you would expect to see – such as Apple, Microsoft, Target and Wells Fargo – are there. But also included in the 379 names are some less obvious supporters like Alcoa, New England Patriots, and ConAgra Foods.

Project Right Side. Ken Mehlman circulated the brief obtaining support from Republicans, Libertarians and other conservatives. Among the 300-plus signatures are some expected names: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Susan Collins, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Other names were less expected, such as Meg Whitman, who did not support equality while running for California Governor in 2010, Andrea Saul, Mitt Romney’s press secretary, and Former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, the guy who hired Andrew Shirvell. They range from longtime supporters to newly evolved to some I assumed were foes of equality.

Straight Grandmother

March 7th, 2015

You know Jim & Gabriel Arana are cited in the Amicus Brief filed by the
Ex-Gay Survivors.


March 8th, 2015

It looks as though Mehlman got all the sane Republicans to sign on.

And it seems the hard-core AFA supporters are going to have to go back to living in caves and wearing skins — that is, if they’re really serious about their boycotts. Hmm — now that I think of it, sod houses used to be quite the rage in Kansas and Oklahoma, didn’t they?


March 8th, 2015

I would point out that if it weren’t for Mehlman and many of the republicans that signed on we wouldn’t have these bans in the first place. They either directly supported the bans or supported those that pushed for the bans. Signing something now that marriage equality is practically assured means nothing in my opinion.

For example, one of the koch brothers signed and yet he and his groups have spent millions to help elect increasingly homophobic conservatives to office.

Mark F.

March 9th, 2015

Anyone who criticizes Republicans yet voted for Obama in 2008, when he ran in opposition to marriage equality (which later turned out to be a cynical lie), can’t be taken too seriously.


March 9th, 2015

@Lord_Byron: I largely agree “Signing something now that marriage equality is practically assured means nothing” politically (it may be personally important to them and their friends, but it shouldn’t matter much to voters). That includes Democratic politicians who recast themselves as LGBT advocates for opposing marriage bans since 2009 or so, when their donor and voter bases had already made it risk-free and beneficial, and to corporations who jumped on board once the winning side became clear. They all deserve an acknowledgement, but not high praise.


March 9th, 2015

Furthermore, the support of “increasingly homophobic conservatives” is coincidental. If you aren’t educated enough to to understand the ramifications of human impact on the climate and environment, then you are likely not educated enough know that love is love. But a Koch candidate need only meet the former requirement.

But, as both Mark F.’s and Marcus’s comments suggest, if it weren’t for Mehlman and co., we would still have had those bans. It is also likely that some of those behind said bans would have switched to supporting equality, just as we see now. We have succeeded in erasing many of the negative impacts of fighting for LGBT equality, and even succeeded in inflicting penalties for denying equality, so no matter what the name or party, we would see people switch to our side for purely political reasons. But let’s not be cynical about them; let’s see them for what they are – evidence of progress, fruit of the labors of generations of people fighting for justice for ALL.

Further, perhaps I am a bit cynical about our chances before SCOTUS, so seeing a chorus of voices raised in our favor makes me hopeful that if a fifth Justice was sitting on the fence, he may be swayed by the tidal wave of support to rule for FULL equality across the nation.

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