February 27, 2013
By Scottie Thomaston
EqualityOnTrial noted a report yesterday that a group of Republicans are filing an amicus curiae “friend of the court” brief in the Prop 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, in support of a right to marry for same-sex couples. At the time of that writing, there was a list of 75 Republicans who had signed on including Ken Mehlman and some current members of Congress including Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Richard Hanna.
The list is growing and now there are well over 100 Republicans who have signed on.
The New York Times report initially listed former Congresswoman and sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment Marilyn Musgrave as a signer but she has said that report is inaccurate:
But Musgrave, who sponsored a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and famously said that there was no bigger threat to the country, tells FOX31 Denver that the report is flat-out wrong.
“I’m very befuddled by this story,” Musgrave told FOX31 Denver. “There’s absolutely no truth to that. I’m reading it thinking, ‘what in the world?’
“I wasn’t even aware of it. I have not changed my position. I’m trying to imagine where anyone would get that information and I can’t figure it out.”
The Times article now says the brief was signed by Musgrave’s “district director” and not Musgrave herself.
The Obama administration could still file a brief in the case: briefs in support of the same-sex couples are due tomorrow.
EqualityOnTrial will be monitoring new filings and reporting on them as they come in.