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Gay marriage supporters plan to flood Supreme Court with a friendly push

Same-sex marriage pioneer Edie Windsor served as the grand marshal for the 43rd annual Pride Parade in Manhattan.

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear from a lot of people on same-sex marriage.

In an effort to win the hearts and minds of five or more justices, opponents of the gay marriage bans being challenged at the high court this spring are inviting average citizens to sign a “friend of the court” brief that will be filed in early March.

Same-sex marriage pioneer Edie Windsor served as the grand marshal for the 43rd annual Pride Parade in Manhattan.

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Same-sex marriage pioneer Edie Windsor served as the grand marshal for the 43rd annual Pride Parade in Manhattan.

The first name on the brief will be that of Edie Windsor, who won her lawsuit in 2013 when the high court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act that had denied federal benefits to legally married gays and lesbians. Her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, wrote the brief in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization.

Americans interested in signing the so-called “amicus” brief can go to HRC.org and add their names. The brief must be filed with the court by March 6.

“The word ‘amicus’ comes from the Latin for ‘friend,'” Kaplan said. “I hope that this brief will serve that function in helping to explain to the justices the remarkable sea change that our nation has experienced in terms of our understandings about gay people.”

Dozens of briefs are certain to be filed before the case is heard in late April. A decision is expected by late June.

(Richard Wolf writes for USA Today)

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  • Such a big ado hardly seems necessary; the majority of the USSC have already sold their souls to the Gay Marriage Religion.

  • Marriage equality will soon be legal in all fifty states. Wonderful to see anti-gay religious bigotry losing. Against gay marriage? Don’t marry a gay person. What other people do is none of your business.

  • This reads more like a press release than an article.

    This sometimes happens when a reporter or news writer gets a press release and doesn’t have much time to write down the facts in their own words.

    That’s my kinder, gentler explanation for the resemblance.

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