WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is said that politics makes for strange bedfellows, and sometimes some very strange bedfellows.
Seems like the idea of legalizing same-sex marriages may not be too hard to swallow for people on opposing ends of most political issues.
Clint Eastwood has all but challenged the U.S. Supreme Court to ‘make my gay’, by coming out in support of same-sex marriage.
Eastwood joined a host of big-name Republicans in signing a friend-of-the-court brief for when the Supremes hear oral arguments on California’s same-sex-marriage ban. Tied to the case is the 1996 ‘defense of marriage act’ that makes hetero marriages the law of the land.
Former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and former George W. Bush National Security advisor Stephen Hadley were among the signers.
The Obama administration became a Johnny-Come-Lately by filing its amicus brief after the Republicans filed theirs. The administration laid out a broad argument that covers any state prohibiting same-sex unions.
The brief is not legally binding, because, as the president pointed out regarding sequestration, he is not a dictator.
And, it is uncertain how much influence it will have on the court’s conservative majority.
But it does allow the president to remind everyone about the day he woke up and saw the rainbow. ‘I think that the same evolution that I’ve gone through is an evolution that the country as a whole has gone through. And I think it is a profoundly positive thing.’
Now if Congress and the White House come together over sequestration, that would be the political pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.