Clint Eastwood signs legal brief in support of gay marriage

Posted Mar 1, 2013 by Greta McClain
Hollywood superstar Clint Eastwood has once again come out in support of gay marriage, adding his signature to a legal brief urging the United States Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage.
Clint Eastwood at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Clint Eastwood at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
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Eastwood, who calls himself a moderate Republican, joined nearly 100 other Republicans Thursday in signing the brief asking the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage. The amicus brief is part of a lawsuit filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) who say California's Prop 8, a measure that restricts marriage to those only between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. According to NBC News, other prominent Republicans adding their name to the brief include former Bush administration deputy secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz, along with Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor and Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush.
Clint Eastwood adds his name to a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marria...
Clint Eastwood adds his name to a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage.
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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman are two of six Republican governors who have also singed the brief. They are joined by ten former and two current GOP members of Congress who have signed the brief. Members of the George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain presidential campaigns have also signed according to the NBC report.
AFER director, Adam Umhoefer, issued a statement saying:
“The support for marriage equality demonstrated by this amicus brief represents a microcosm of what we see happening all across the country. Americans are united behind the concepts of freedom, dignity and strong families."
This is not the first time the Hollywood actor and political activist has publicly supported same-sex marriage. Shortly after he appeared at the Republican National Convention in August 2012, he appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show and said he has no problem with gay marriage, saying "leave everybody alone!”
In the October 2012 issue of GQ Magazine, Eastwood said:
"These people who are making a big deal about gay marriage? I don't give a [expletive] about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of ... Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."
The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in the case on March 26, 2013.