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February 26, 2013


Prominent Republicans Back Gay Marriage

"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," the New York Times reports.

The Supreme Court next month will hear back-to-back arguments in a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and another case that challenges the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act."

"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."














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