Support for marriage far outpaces opposition in Supreme Court amici briefs
April 10, 2015
Last week was the deadline for opponents of the freedom to marry to file "friend-of-the-court" briefs. The briefs argue that the Supreme Court should not protect same-sex couples and their families and should, instead, perpetuate the harmful marriage discrimination that thousands of couples continue to face in 13 states.
Even a cursory comparison of last week's amici briefs with the briefs filed in March in support of the freedom to marry tells the real story. There's a clear consensus that it's time for the freedom to marry, once and for all - with support far outpacing opposition. In the briefs filed in support of the plaintiff couples, thousands of voices urged the Court to stand on the right side of history, including hundreds of mayors, businesses, people of faith, elected officials, law enforcement officials, and a wide cross-section of labor organizations and civil rights organizations. The briefs filed in support of marriage discrimination, meanwhile, are comparatively thin, representing the small number of organizations and elected officials that oppose the freedom to marry. Several of the briefs especially tounted by marriage opponents were filed by groups officially designated as "hate groups" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Take a look at this chart comparing the show of support from these "friend-of-the-court" briefs, and read about all of the amici briefs filed in support HERE.