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Here's the Full List of 75+ Republicans Urging the Supreme Court to Strike Down Proposition 8


Here's the full list of Republicans who have so far signed the brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8.

As I noted yesterday:

Many of those who signed it have never before made public their support of marriage equality.

The brief argues that "there is no legitimate, fact-based justification for different legal treatment of committed relationships between same-sex couples," arguing that marriage equality promotes conservative values:

Amici start from the premise—recognized by this Court on at least fourteen occasions—that marriage is both a fundamental right protected by our Constitution and a venerable institution that confers countless benefits, both to those who marry and to society at large.  …  It is precisely because marriage is so important in producing and protecting strong and stable family structures that amici do not agree that the government can rationally promote the goal of strengthening families by denying civil marriage to same-sex couples.

Read excerpts from the brief HERE. List of signatories (so far) is below:


Ken Mehlman, Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Tim Adams, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, 2005-2007

David D. Aufhauser, General Counsel, Department of Treasury, 2001-2003

Cliff S. Asness, Businessman, Philanthropist, and Author

John B. Bellinger III, Legal Adviser to the Department of State, 2005-2009

Katie Biber, General Counsel, Romney for President, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012

Mary Bono Mack, Member of Congress, 1998-2013

William A. Burck, Deputy Staff Secretary, Special Counsel and Deputy Counsel to the President, 2005-2009

Alex Castellanos, Republican Media Advisor

Paul Cellucci, Governor of Massachusetts, 1997-2001, and Ambassador to Canada, 2001-2005

Mary Cheney, Director of Vice Presidential Operations, Bush-Cheney 2004


Jim Cicconi, Assistant to the President & Deputy to the Chief of Staff, 1989-1990

James B. Comey, United States Deputy Attorney General, 2003-2005

R. Clarke Cooper, U.S. Alternative Representative, United Nations Security Council, 2007-2009

Julie Cram, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director White House Office of Public Liaison, 2007-2009

Michele Davis, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Director of Policy Planning, Department of the Treasury, 2006-2009

Kenneth M. Duberstein, White House Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President, 1981-1984 and 1987-1989

Lew Eisenberg, Finance Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2002-2004

Elizabeth Noyer Feld, Public Affairs Specialist, White House Office of Management and Budget, 1984-1987

David Frum, Special Assistant to the President, 2001-2002

Richard Galen, Communications Director, Speaker’s Political Office, 1996-1997

Mark Gerson, Chairman, Gerson Lehrman Group and Author of The Neoconservative Vision: From the Cold War to the Culture Wars and In the Classroom: Dispatches from an Inner-City School that Works

Benjamin Ginsberg, General Counsel, Bush-Cheney 2000 & 2004

Adrian Gray, Director of Strategy, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Richard Grenell, Spokesman, U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations, 2001-2008

Patrick Guerriero, Mayor, Melrose Massachusetts and member of Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1993-2001

Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce, 2005-2009

Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, 2005-2009

Richard Hanna, Member of Congress, 2011-Present

Israel Hernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, 2005-2009

Margaret Hoover, Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, 2005-2006

Michael Huffington, Member of Congress, 1993-1995

Jon Huntsman, Governor of Utah, 2005-2009

David A. Javdan, General Counsel, United States Small Business Administration, 2002-2006

Reuben Jeffery, Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, 2007-2009

Greg Jenkins, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Advance, 2003-2004

Coddy Johnson, National Field Director, Bush-Cheney 2004

Gary Johnson, Governor of New Mexico, 1995-2003

Robert Kabel, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, 1982-1985

Theodore W. Kassinger, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, 2004-2005

Jonathan Kislak, Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture for Small Community and Rural Development, 1989-1991

David Kochel, Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney’s Iowa Campaign, 2007-2008 and 2011-2012

James Kolbe, Member of Congress, 1985-2007

Jeffrey Kupfer, Acting Deputy Secretary of Energy, 2008-2009

Kathryn Lehman, Chief of Staff, House Republican Conference, 2003-2005

Daniel Loeb, Businessman and Philanthropist

Alex Lundry, Director of Data Science, Romney for President, 2012

Greg Mankiw, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005

Catherine Martin, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director for Policy & Planning, 2005-2007

Kevin Martin, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 2005-2009

David McCormick, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, 2007-2009

Mark McKinnon, Republican Media Advisor

Bruce P. Mehlman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, 2001-2003

Connie Morella, Member of Congress, 1987-2003 and U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2003-2007

Michael E. Murphy, Republican Political Consultant

Michael Napolitano, White House Office of Political Affairs, 2001-2003

Ana Navarro, National Hispanic Co-Chair for Senator John McCain’s Presidential Campaign, 2008

Noam Neusner, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting, 2002-2005

Nancy Pfotenhauer, Economist, Presidential Transition Team, 1988 and President's Council on Competitiveness, 1990

J. Stanley Pottinger, Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Civil Rights Division), 1973-1977

Michael Powell, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 2001-2005

Deborah Pryce, Member of Congress, 1993-2009

John Reagan, New Hampshire State Senator, 2012-Present

Kelley Robertson, Chief of Staff, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Member of Congress, 1989-Present

Harvey S. Rosen, Member and Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005

Lee Rudofsky, Deputy General Counsel, Romney for President, 2012

Patrick Ruffini, eCampaign Director, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007

Steve Schmidt, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President, 2004-2006

Ken Spain, Communications Director, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2009-2010

Robert Steel, Undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, 2006-2008

David Stockman, Director, Office of Management and Budget, 1981-1985

Jane Swift, Governor of Massachusetts, 2001-2003

Michael E. Toner, Chairman and Commissioner, Federal Election Commission, 2002-2007

Michael Turk, eCampaign Director for Bush-Cheney 2004

Mark Wallace, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Representative for UN Management and Reform, 2006-2008

Nicolle Wallace, Assistant to the President and White House Communications Director, 2005-2008

William F. Weld, Governor of Massachusetts, 1991-1997, and Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Criminal Division), 1986-1988

Christine Todd Whitman, Governor of New Jersey, 1994-2001, and Administrator of the EPA, 2001-2003

Meg Whitman, Republican Nominee for Governor of California, 2010

Robert Wickers, Republican Political Consultant

Dan Zwonitzer, Wyoming State Representative, 2005-present

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  1. .......not a lot who are currently involved in politics, eh?

    not to be a debbie downer, but that's my response. i was hoping it was going to be a list of, you know, actual working politicians with actual clout.

    kudos to those who are finally calling out the bigotry within their own party. and they need to call it out - this battle needs not just "support" for Equality, but the active Outing and criticism of those who continue to work against human equality.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 26, 2013 1:42:35 PM

  2. I'm in shock, but very happy

    Posted by: David | Feb 26, 2013 1:43:23 PM

  3. I guess Meg Whitman figured out she picked the wrong side last time.

    Posted by: jimstoic | Feb 26, 2013 1:52:35 PM

  4. Michael Huffington!? ESCANDALO!! *rolls eyes*

    Posted by: Kenn | Feb 26, 2013 1:55:16 PM

  5. Is anyone really surprised that Ken Mehlman and Mike Huffington signed this....they are both gay.

    Posted by: thepolarbeast | Feb 26, 2013 1:55:22 PM

  6. Maybe they saw Lincoln

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Feb 26, 2013 1:55:42 PM

  7. I bet the Tea Party are about to fire on Gettysburg now.

    Posted by: riannawanna | Feb 26, 2013 1:57:36 PM

  8. surprised Gary Johnson is on the list since he ran as the Libertarian candidate for president last year; just guessed he left the republican party

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Feb 26, 2013 1:59:15 PM

  9. I tested myself: I know or have heard of 31 of the 82 names on the list, and I'm kind of a political junkie with unusually strong social connections in Republican politics.

    Most of these folks are totally obscure, and some of the job titles ("Acting Deputy Secretary of Energy?" "Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security?") are less than prominent.

    This is good news, of course, but it's telling that GOProud and LCR had to dig so deep to come up with a mere 75 names willing to sign on.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 26, 2013 2:07:37 PM

  10. I still wouldn't vote for any of them.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Feb 26, 2013 2:15:24 PM

  11. Babh..... GOProud and LCR are responsible for this?!!? what!?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 26, 2013 2:15:53 PM

  12. I am sorry, but for Ken Mehlman to be on this list is ludicrous solely based on the fact that under his tutelage as RNC chair during the period when the greater number of states enacted Anti Gay/Anti Gay Marriage amendments into their state constitutions....subsequently for the 35+ states have enshrined such legislation it will be very very difficult for those states to finally enact SSM as law.... I have postulated this theory and fact for some time now and the challenge to men like Ken Mehlman is to go to each state that he worked with to pass such discriminatory legislation and work for their repeal and for actually giving GLBT American citizens their right to Marry whomever they wish too.....

    Posted by: aj | Feb 26, 2013 2:25:52 PM

  13. At first I thought this was an Onion parody.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Feb 26, 2013 2:35:50 PM

  14. @LK: I don't think their organizations are on the brief, but yes, that's whose Rolodexes were used to come up with these names. (I myself know 6 or 7 names solely from their prominence in LCR or GOProud.)

    Does anyone have a link to the brief? I can't find it through the USSC wesite yet.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 26, 2013 2:38:03 PM

  15. Never mind - brief hasn't been filed yet. It will be up on Thursday.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 26, 2013 2:42:41 PM

  16. Btw BABH, SCOTUS cannot uphold prop 8 and declare sexual orientation a suspect class in the DOMA case. If sexual orientation is a suspect class, Prop 8 and all the other marriage bans are invalid

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 26, 2013 3:44:53 PM

  17. @Anthony:
    a) The Supreme Court will not make sexual orientation a suspect class. *Maybe* a quasi-suspect class, but more likely the DOMA case will be decided (in our favor) without applying any heightened scrutiny to sexual orientation. It's a straightforward federalism case.
    b) Even if the Court agrees with the 2d Circuit that sexual orientation is a quasi-suspect class, Prop 8 could conceivably survive intermediate scrutiny.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 26, 2013 4:18:48 PM

  18. @BABH, You don't know what SCOTUS will do for sure. I think they very well could label us as a suspect class, and no time could be better for that than now. Won't you think it's more likely that prop 8 is thrown out on standing? I still don't believe that prop 8 supporters have a legit standing case.

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 26, 2013 4:28:20 PM

  19. How can the Supreme Court rule against us now- it just doesn't seem possible to me considering 1) legally it is the right thing to do 2) public opinion now supports it.

    Posted by: nick | Feb 26, 2013 4:30:01 PM

  20. I confess I haven't examined the standing issue closely enough to make a prediction (partly because my Civil Procedure class in law school was too theoretical and didn't cover much actual procedure. It's not an area I'm comfortable with).

    Anthony, before you I don't think I've seen anyone suggest that the Supreme Court might declare sexual orientation to be a suspect class (plenty of people have said that they *should*, but no-one I know of has thought that they actually *will*). Do you have any reason to think they will? I'm not sure there would be 4 votes for that, let alone 5.

    Quasi-suspect is of course a strong possibility, but not suspect.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 26, 2013 4:56:13 PM

  21. I was surprised by the phrase that "marriage is [both] a fundamental right protected by our Constitution" — having not recently reread the US Constitution, I just checked up on the 27 amendments, and nowhere could I find ANY mention of marriage, as an unalienable right or otherwise. The words marriage, marry, etc do not exist in this document. Once more, word-twisting and counting on people's ignorance to squeeze through yet one more lie to the American public.

    Posted by: tinkerbell | Feb 26, 2013 4:59:27 PM

  22. @ BABH, the argument for suspect class are in the briefs. They are arguing this directly to the Supreme Court.

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 26, 2013 4:59:40 PM

  23. @Tinkerbell, then your views means that Loving v Virginia would be thrown out

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 26, 2013 5:12:01 PM

  24. @Anthony: No, the AFER brief argues for heightened scrutiny, not strict scrutiny -- for quasi-suspect class, not suspect class. It's an important distinction, but one you may not be familiar with. Sorry if we have been talking at cross-purposes!

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 26, 2013 5:22:17 PM

  25. @Tinkerbell:
    Do you have the right to brush your teeth? To mow your lawn? [hint: yes, you do]
    Do you have the right to drive a car on private property? [hint: yes, you do. You only need a license to drive on public roads.]

    Marriage is one of those rights so fundamental that it didn't need to be enumerated. You can find these rights mentioned in Article IV Section 2, in the 9th and 14th Amendments, and probably in one or two other places in the Constitution.

    Posted by: BABH | Feb 26, 2013 5:29:17 PM

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