Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), an openly gay Asian American from Riverside County, has send this letter to President Barack Obama to encourage him to submit an amicus brief to support marriage equality in the Proposition 8 case that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up on March 26.
More than 60 U.S. corporations — including Apple, eBay, Facebook, Intel, Nike and Morgan Stanley — have signed on to an amicus brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage.
“There's nothing partisan about standing up for American values like freedom, liberty and equality. We're proud to have these prominent Republicans join Ted Olson in supporting a freedom-based constitutional argument for equality.”
Plaintiffs challenging California’s Proposition 8 filed their brief with the United States Supreme Court today, urging the justices to recognize the fundamental right of all Americans to marry by affirming the historic decision of the federal district court that found Prop 8 unconstitutional.
Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who made the historic ruling that California’s Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, says that he makes no predictions about how the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the appeal.
Republican members of the U.S. House leadership tell the U.S. Supreme Court it should uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as constitutional, arguing that gays and lesbians are a powerful interest group, and do not warrant “judicial intervention.”