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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

13-AFER on Apr 1, 2013

Letter: AFER amicus brief and Daily News coverage
Source: AFER amicus brief
[Many] conservative leaders are signatories to an "amicus brief" calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Prop. 8. Enacted in November 2008, Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) prepared an "amicus," or a "friend of the court" brief: a letter to the Supreme Court outlining a position on a pending case. AFER prepared this amicus brief, in support of gay marriage, and the "amici" signed it prior to sending to the Supreme Court.

"Many of the signatories to this brief previously did not support civil marriage for same-sex couples; others did not hold a considered position on the issue," the brief said. "However, in the years since Massachusetts and other States have made civil marriage a reality for same-sex couples, amici, like many Americans, have reexamined the evidence and their own positions and have concluded that there is no legitimate, fact-based reason for denying same-sex couples the same recognition in law that is available to opposite-sex couples."

AFER is dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for every American. As the sole sponsor of the federal court challenge of California's Proposition 8, now known as Hollingsworth v. Perry, AFER is leading the fight for marriage equality and equality under the law for every American. Building bi-partisan support has been part of AFER's mission ever since the filing of its federal constitutional challenge to overturn Proposition 8.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Question 3: Comfortable with same-sex marriage Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 7.
  • Headline: Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 7 on Social Issues: When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
    • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
    • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
    • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
    • D: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 13-AFER



Republicans participating in 13-AFER

Charlie Bass s2sNew Hampshire Republican (Retired 2012) 
Mary Bono s2sCalifornia Republican 
Richard Hanna s2sNew York Republican 
Nancy Lee Johnson s2sConnecticut Republican 
Jim Kolbe s2sArizona Republican 
Susan Molinari s2sNew York Republican Former (1994-) 
Connie Morella s2sMaryland Republican 
Deborah Pryce s2sOhio Republican 
Tom Ridge s2sPA Former Republican Governor (1995-2001); DHS Cabinet Sec'y 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s2sFlorida Republican 
Christopher Shays s2sConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jane Swift s2sMA02 Former Republican Governor (2001-2002) 
Richard Tisei s2sMassachusetts Republican Challenger 



Independents participating in 13-AFER

Carlos Gutierrez s2sUS Cabinet-2008 
Jon Huntsman s2sUT Former GOP Governor (2005-2009); Ambassador to China 
Gary Johnson s2sNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Larry Pressler s2sSD Independent Challenger 
Bill Weld s2sMA Previous Republican Governor 
Christie Todd Whitman s2sUS Cabinet-2005 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 13
Independents: 6


















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