Last month, 131 Republicans, all of which support the overturn of California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, jointly filed a “Friend of the Court” legal brief at the Supreme Court. Their brief argues that there is no factual, valid, governmental reason to deny marriage to same-sex couples and families, and that extending civil marriage to include them strengthens the institution of marriage itself and promotes conservative principles such as liberty, family, child-rearing, social stability, and judicial restraint.
Given the party’s long track record of oppressing LGBT people, couples, and families, this filing might seem like a remarkable turnabout. But these Republican Friends offered no new ideas not already filed by lots of other Friends, and none of these 131 Republican Friends are party leaders. That renders their filing neither revolutionary nor even remarkable, except for highlighting that party leaders haven’t changed at all.