Republican Brief Opposing Prop 8 Now Includes More Than 100+ Names, Including Beth Myers, Marilyn Musgrave

More than 100 lawmakers and former GOP leaders have now signed on to the Republican SCOTUS brief opposing Proposition 8, the NYT reports:

MusgraveThe list of Republicans on the brief now tallies more 100, organizers say. It now includes Beth Myers, who ran Mr. Romney’s 2008 campaign and was a senior adviser to him in 2012, and Marilyn Musgrave, a retired Colorado congresswoman who was once rated the most conservative member of the House by the American Conservative Union.

Ms. Musgrave, who lost her bid for a fourth term in 2008, was an unsuccessful sponsor of a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex couples from marrying; she once warned that if gay couples were allowed to wed, “the next step is polygamy or group marriage.”

Will update with a list if/when available. The brief is scheduled to be filed by Thursday.



    Marilyn Musgrave?! The woman is a MONSTER on par with Maggie Gallagher. Something is fishy here.

  2. Chris in Irvine says

    I’d love for these 100+ Republicnas to confront people like NOM, FRC,etc and see how much they believe in same sex marriage. Is this for propaganda or do they truly believe in equality for all?

  3. Pete N SFO says

    The common denominator seems to be that they are election losers & general has-beens of the party.

    Isn’t this a little like the guy who wants credit because he no longer beats his wife??

  4. Fensox says

    Can we not give any of these people a pass? Also can we take away Ken Melmans pass? People have to become gay friendly now, and frankly, these people missed their chance.

  5. Sam says

    I was very shocked to read the name Marilyn Musgrave when I read the article. I remember her introducing the federal marriage amendment several times in Congress before she was voted out in 2008. If anyone has a link to this particular brief, I would appreciate it. I would like to actually read her name on it to get the satisfaction that another anti-gay republican has come full circle and supports our right to marry.

  6. Ken says

    Pandamonium in the Musgrave household after Marilyn realizes her new secretary accidentally mixed the pro- and anti-prop 8 briefs for signature.

    Can’t help thinking a press release explaining the snafu is being written as we speak.

  7. chaszle says

    Something is rotten about this whole thing. I am not buying this sudden change of heart from these people who have been nothing short of vitriolic in their stated opposition to gay marriage. Don’t mean to sound paranoid but if it seems too good to be true — it probably is.

  8. Belthazar says

    “Isn’t this a little like the guy who wants credit because he no longer beats his wife??”

    LOL! I have to use that. Additionally, while people can change and we should make allowances (room) for that change, absent a few, where have [they] publicly spoken out in opposition to DOMA/Prop8 or directly lobbied the House Republicans that are fighting the overturning of DOMA.

  9. Javier says

    Marcus – It’s not fishy it’s a calculated move. The Republicans lost the “culture war” regarding gays, women, and minorities. If they want to appeal to a broader base they would have to open their so called big tent.

    The divide for them is growing and they realize that serious changes will need to be made to their platform in order to gain more votes from the future electorate. Their are some (CPAC types) that think re-branding is all they really need to do. yet others have identified the need to try and change their ways.

    Their motivation is not because they have changed their ideology, instead they realized society has changed, or is evolving on this issue. We have moved past tolerance of LGBT, and are still in the process of moving into acceptance and equality of LGBT persons.

    This “Republic support” could be a classic example of a politician saying anything to get elected.

    You’ll notice that the Republican governors in FL, OH, and WI have somewhat moderated their tones as of late, and shifted more towards the center to appeal to a broader base. This is the same strategy.

    What do you think will happen when, or if these Republican governors are re-elected?

  10. marcus says

    So it was just a horrible mistake. When I saw Musgrave’s name I thought that perhaps I had been transported to a parallel universe where Musgrave was a sane and rational human being. As much as I support marriage equality being on the same side of an issue with that bigoted fascist was deeply disturbing.