Top Republicans file Supreme Court brief backing gay marriage

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“Like a lot of the country, my views have evolved on this from the first day I set foot in Congress," Price told the paper. "I think it’s just the right thing, and I think it’s on solid legal footing, too.”

The brief will be filed in support of a pair of Supreme Court cases to be argued next month that challenge a California ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Gay rights supporters are optimistic that the high court could overturn state laws barring same-sex couples from marrying.

But while many top Republican names — like former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman — have signed off on the list, other high-profile Republican supporters of gay marriage were noticeably absent. Former Vice President Cheney — whose lesbian daughter wed last year — was not on the list, nor were former Secretary of State Colin Powell or former first lady Laura Bush.