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Just as the Supreme Court is set to debate on California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, a group of prominent Republicans have signed a brief urging the Court to overturn the ban. Actor/director Clint Eastwood joined the group of 130 conservatives.
According to NBC News, the group also includes several former Bush Administration officials including former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. Former Republican governors Jon Huntsman and Christine Todd, as well as current members of Congress also signed the brief. The American Foundation for Equal Rights released the brief after Brietbart.com rpeorted on it.
In it, Eastwood and the other Republicans argue that it is unconstitutional to deny gay men and women the same rights to marry as same-sex couples. They also suggest that there will be “no credible threat to religious freedom or to the institution of religious marriage.”
The group “concluded that marriage is strengthened, not undermined, and its benefits and importance to society as well as the support and stability it gives to children and families promoted, not undercut, by providing access to civil marriage for same-sex couples.”
“The support for marriage equality demonstrated by this amicus brief represents a microcosm of what we see happening all across the country,” AFER executive director Adam Umhoefer said in a statement. “Americans are united behind the concepts of freedom, dignity and strong families.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, the brief followed another from the Obama Administration, also urging the Court to strike down Proposition 8.
The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments for and against Proposition 8 starting on March 26.