Huntsman signs on to conservative appeal for same-sex marriage

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, now the head of a group called Project Right Side which wants to improve the political climate for gays and lesbians, filed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in its upcoming decision on same-sex marriage, signed by 303 Republican, conservative, Libertarian and center-right current and past political officials.

Those signing included former Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, numerous officials with Mitt Romney and John McCain’s presidential campaigns, former Republican candidate for California governor Meg Whitman, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, former Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, businessman and political activist David Koch, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and many others.

The brief says those signing “share the view that laws that bar same-sex couples from the institution of civil marriage, with all its attendant profoundly important rights and responsibilities, are inconsistent with the United States Constitution’s
dual promises of equal protection and due process. The marriage bans challenged here, like the act at issue in Windsor, target gay and lesbian couples and their families for injurious governmental treatment.”

“The bans are accordingly inconsistent with (our) understanding of the properly limited role of government,” the brief reads. “There is a need for more Americans to choose to participate in the institution of marriage. Yet these bans, by denying each member of an entire class of American citizens the right to marry the person he or she loves, discourage those important family values.”

The brief goes on to state the signors “have concluded that marriage is strengthened, and its value to society and to individual families and couples is promoted, by providing access to civil marriage for all American couples—heterosexual
or gay or lesbian alike.”

The full brief can be found here.

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