I was literally just wondering about this – how many briefs had each side submitted in the US Supreme court hearings on marriage equality – when I ran across this fantastic article by Lisa Keen over at the Dallas Voice:
When the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to tackle a major legal controversy, such as next week’s marriage equality cases, it typically invites advice from groups and legal experts. These people are not a party to the litigation itself but have an interest in the court’s decision. They are “friends of the court,” offering a little friendly advice on how they think the court should rule. After the court announced it would hear the appeals involving Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, at least 176 friend-of-the-court (or amicus curiae) briefs were submitted. Of those briefs, 96 were filed in the Proposition 8 case — 53 opposing California’s ban on marriage licenses for same-sex couples, 42 supporting it, and one taking neither side. Of the 80 filed in the DOMA case, 49 oppose the federal ban on recognition of same-sex marriage, 29 support it, and two took neither side.
Read the full thing at the link above.