According to the Washington Blade, Ken Mehlman is leading the effort to gather signatures for a friend-of-the-court brief signed exclusively by prominent Republicans. The document addresses the issue of same-sex marriage, and urges the U.S. Supreme Court to find it a constitutional right when the court considers the recent lawsuits from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
These lawsuits all cover marriage rights for same-sex couples. The court agreed to hear the cases in January, and is expected to deliver a ruling on the topics by the end of June.
According to sources familiar with the document, the legal arguments of the brief will be similar to the filing made before the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of appeals, which argued that same-sex marriage promotes stability and mutual support. It is also similar to an earlier brief that Ken Mehlman led in 2013 which argued against the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. That brief garnered 131 signatures from within the Republican Party.
Some of those who have affirmed to the Washington Blade that they have signed the current amicus brief previously signed the 2013 brief, while other signatories are new.