By Justin Sink
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.