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Last-Minute DOMA, Prop 8 Briefs Include One From 75 Prominent Republicans

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Prop 8A group of prominent republicans have submitted a brief to the US Supreme Court urging the overturn of Prop 8 – with the potential to help sway some of the more conservative members of the court. The New York Times reports:

The Proposition 8 case already has a powerful conservative supporter: Theodore B. Olson, the former solicitor general under Mr. Bush and one of the suit’s two lead lawyers. The amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief is being filed with Mr. Olson’s blessing. It argues, as he does, that same-sex marriage promotes family values by allowing children of gay couples to grow up in two-parent homes, and that it advances conservative values of “limited government and maximizing individual freedom.”

A partial list of the signers:

Among them are Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 when she ran for California governor; Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York; Stephen J. Hadley, a Bush national security adviser; Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush; James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official; David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director; and Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress… Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, who favored civil unions but opposed same-sex marriage during his 2012 presidential bid, also signed… But the presence of so many well-known former officials — including Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, and William Weld and Jane Swift, both former governors of Massachusetts — suggests that once Republicans are out of public life they feel freer to speak out against the party’s official platform.

Defense of Marriage ActOur friends over at GayUSA take a closer look at some of the other recent DOMA briefs:

Under the Supreme Court’s schedule for briefing on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, two kinds of briefs were filed Friday. The Obama administration filed its brief arguing why it considers DOMA to be unconstitutional. Second, briefs were filed on the question of whether the Court has the authority to decide that case. One of those was from the administration, one from the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives, and one from Edith Windsor, a New York City woman who was required, under DOMA, to pay an estate tax after inheriting property when her same-sex spouse died. In this post, the blog provides a link to each of these briefs; the post has been updated as they became available.

One more month.

New York, USA: Edie Windsor – Hero for Marriage Equality

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Edith WindsorEdith Windsor walks through the lobby of the large Fifth Avenue apartment building just north of Washington Square Park where she has lived for nearly 40 years. “Construction,” she says, motioning upstairs. “It’s so loud.”

Wearing a mauve shirt and a dangling string of pearls, Edie, as she is known, is a proper Manhattan host, even in the morning. And, though her 83-year-old body shows her age and she shakes slightly at times as she speaks, her smile and laughter over the course of the December morning signal a youthful spirit.

A week earlier, on Dec. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court announced the justices will be hearing Windsor’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as well as a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment. Windsor’s hearing, scheduled for March 27, is a moment that LGBT advocates think will be a defining one for their cause. But Edie Windsor’s story is the cause.

Authored By Chris Geidner – See the Full Story at Buzzfeed

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USA: Edie Windsor – Striking Down DOMA Would Remove Gay Stigma

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Edith Windsor, lawsuit, doma, gay marriage, marriage equality, same sex marriage, dignity, stigma, ruling, supreme courtEdith Windsor, the woman at the center of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case headed to the Supreme Court, believes striking down the law would be the beginning of the end of anti-gay stigma.

In an AP profile, Windsor, 83, said the case which challenges the constitutionality of DOMA is bigger than marriage.

“I keep saying, ‘Keep me alive until after the Supreme Court'” arguments in March, she said. “It’s a very important case. It’s bigger than marriage, and I think marriage is major. I think if we win, the effect will be the beginning of the end of stigma.”

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