Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) Asks Obama to File Amicus Brief in Prop 8 Case Before SCOTUS

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 5:42 pm

Openly gay congressman Mark Takano, Democrat of California, whose family has some basic understanding of discrimination as outlined in his letter below, has called on President Obama to file a brief as a Friend of the Court in the Prop 8 case now being considered by the Supreme Court.

There’s a big difference between saying your government won’t enforce the parts of the Defense of Marriage Act you consider unconstitutional and, on the other hand, saying you oppose discriminatory amendments that divide us as Americans against one another. Coming out on the right side of the Prop 8 case shows an affirmative stand in favor of our relationships, not simply a president who is opposed to people ganging up on others.


Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief Against DOMA – See the 60 Who Didn’t Sign On

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 6:50 am

The office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and 130 of their colleagues are going to court to defeat the Defense of Marriage Act, filing a brief in an ongoing challenge to the law. And see the list of those who didn’t sign on.

Fifty Doctors in Support of Single Payer File Amicus Brief Against Individual Mandate

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 10:15 am

A group of fifty doctors along with the non-profits groups, Single Payer Action and Our Economy, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act should be struck down. The brief argues that Congress doesn’t need the new power to compel individuals to buy a product from a private company to effectively regulate the healthcare marketplace. It can easily do so with its current approaches, such as a single payer system, which is used for Medicare.

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