Former Rep. Charlie Bass is among a half-dozen prominent New Hampshire Republicans who have signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to validate same-sex marriage nationally.
The brief was authored by former Bush White House lawyer Reg Brown, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and was signed by more than 250 Republican elected officials, operatives, and strategists. They include billionaire businessman David Koch, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Reagan White House Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein, conservative economists Doug Holtz-Eakin and Greg Mankiw, former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, and a group of former advisors to Mitt Romney.
Also signing on from New Hampshire were Republican National Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron, state Sen. John Reagan, state Reps. Adam Schroadter and Tammy Simmons, and Tyler Deaton, who was recently named to the senior leadership role of the American Unity Fund.
The court is expected to hear arguments next month in a consolidated challenge to gay marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. Lawyers for gay couples in those states filed briefs on Friday.
The amicus brief argues that remaining state laws outlawing same-sex marriage “are inconsistent with the United States Constitution’s dual promises of equal protection and due process.”
The brief argues that same-sex marriage bans “discourage responsibility, fidelity, and commitment. And they harm children, denying them and their loving parents the basic legal protections that provide stability and security so critical to child-rearing.”
Two years ago, Bass, Reagan, Deaton and Schroadter signed on to an amicus brief seeking to overturn a California same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8.
“I don’t think that civil marriage, which is what this case is about, poses any threat to religious freedom,” Bass said at the time. “It also reflects the reality that we have in New Hampshire,” in which same-sex marriage is legal, he said.