Dozens of SCOTUS Amicus Briefs Opposing Prop 8 Incoming from Lawmakers, Corporations, Organizations

SupremesThe American Foundation for Equal Rights has provided us with a list of the expect briefs due today from various groups opposing Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court.

Todiay is the filing deadline.

Still no word on whether one will be coming from President Obama.

Among the amici curiae filing briefs in support of the Plaintiffs are:

  • More than 100 social and political conservatives, moderates, and libertarians from diverse religious, racial, regional, and philosophical backgrounds, including Mary Bono Mack, Alex Castellanos, James B. Comey, Clint Eastwood, Carlos Gutierrez, Gary Johnson, Benjamin Ginsburg, Stephen Hadley, Margaret Hoover, Jon Huntsman, James Kolbe, Ken Mehlman, Steve Schmidt, William F. Weld, Christine Todd Whitman, Meg Whitman, and Paul Wolfowitz
  • Nearly 100 of the nation’s leading companies, including Apple, Nike, Morgan Stanley, Facebook, AIG, Intel, Marsh & McLennan, Xerox, Verizon, Hewlett-Packard, Mesirow Financial, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Google, Panasonic, Barnes & Noble, Office Depot, and Alaska Airlines
  • The State of California
  • The States Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington and the District of Columbia
  • Utah Pride Center, Campaign for Southern Equality, and 25 state-wide equality organizations
  • Family Equality Council, Emory Child Rights Project, Our Family Coalition, the Center on Children and Families, and other advocates for children and families
  • Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
  • A broad array of national, metropolitan, local, and minority bar associations and national and local non-profit organizations.
  • A diverse coalition of religious and faith group leaders
  • Professor Harold Hongju Koh and other international law scholars

AFER is posting links to the incoming briefs HERE.

In related news, Chris Johnson at the Blade reports that House Democrats are circulating a SCOTUS brief urging the Court to strike down DOMA:

Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said his boss will lead other Democrats in the friend-of-the-court brief before the Supreme Court, which is due on Friday. The case pending before the court is known as Windsor v. United States.

“There will be a strong expression of support from the House Democratic Caucus in support of overturning DOMA and casting DOMA into the dustbin of history,” Hammill said.

Hammill declined to provide additional details about the filing, so it’s unknown what the argument of the brief will be. It will likely counter the arguments presented by the House Republican-led Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group that the committee speaks for the House as a whole.


  1. Mandingo says

    And by contrast, who is flooding the Court with pro-Prop 8 filings? I am going to venture a guess and say, almost entirely the Religious Wrong and its political offshoot, the GOP.

  2. Thom Watson says

    Mandingo: The pro-Prop 8 amicus briefs all were due last month. You can see a list of them here:

    Andy: I also want to note that Marriage Equality USA filed a brief yesterday as well, one that brings the real life experiences and love stories of same-sex couples and their families before the justices. The brief uniquely highlights the personal voices of LGBT Americans as they express in their own words why the Constitution’s guarantees of liberty and equality should extend to them and include the essential freedom to marry the person they love. The brief tells both the joys of same-sex couples who have been able to marry and the frustrations of those who are denied that freedom, thereby showing the real effects this case has on real people.

    The MEUSA brief is intended to ensure that the Court understands that this case will have a direct and profound impact on the lives of millions of LGBT Americans, their friends, family, and allies. The brief concludes: “This case is ultimately about our common humanity – our common instinct to love and to have kin – and what should be our common freedom under the United States Constitution to marry the person we love.”

    My fiance and I were one of the couples profiled in the MEUSA brief.

  3. Simon says

    Good to see many organizations coming up in support for marriage equality.

    REAL Christian churches ought to do likewise in support for equality to all. Unfortunately, many of those religious organizations are no longer preaching real Christianity where the real God is Christ and who has NEVER EVER condemned homosexuality nor same sex marriage, and has given the greatest commandments of love God AND love thy neighbor as thyself as the laws above ALL biblical laws of ALL prophets. Religious anti-gays have basically taken LOWER biblical laws to defy the greatest commandments instead, and committed the WORST sin against Christ, which is punishable by not having eternal life (ref. parable of good samaritan). Religious anti-gays are anti-Christ with their main evil objectives of spreading lies, deception, and hate through discrimination.

  4. Chuckles says

    Interesting to see the discipline and organization of those involved in the Windsor case vs this style in the Prop 8 case. It’s hard to get SCOTUS to pay attention to an amicus brief. I’d say the Windsor people have it right. Unless, of course, it’s all about PR and self-promotion.

  5. Randy says

    I noticed that the American Humanist Association together with several skeptical groups have submitted two briefs (nearly identical) in both the DOMA and Prop 8 cases.