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The media might have you believe Republicans are against gay marriage, but the truth is a very strong segment of Libertarian-leaning members of the GOP are very in favor of the government staying the hell out of people’s personal lives. Earlier this week, more than one hundred of the more vocal and famous members of that contingent got together to sign a petition urging the Supreme Court to vote in favor of gay marriage during the upcoming Proposition 8 trial, and apparently, there was at least one movie star among the group.
According to Breitbart, Clint Eastwood added his name to the petition. He hasn’t spoken publically about his reasons, but given he’s previously identified himself as a Republican with a Libertarian streak, it shouldn’t come as a big shock that he'd involve himself with this cause. In fact, it would be surprising if he didn’t.
Here’s a look at a portion of the petition in question…
”Whether same-sex couples should have access to civil marriage divides thoughtful, concerned citizens. But this Court has long recognized that a belief, no matter how strongly or sincerely held, cannot justify a legal distinction that is unsupported by a factual basis, especially where something as important as civil marriage is concerned. ... Our constitutional tradition requires the judiciary to protect our most cherished liberties against overreaching by the legislature or the electorate, and that principle, no less than our commitment to democratic self-government, is necessary to individual freedom and limited government. It is precisely at moments like this-when discriminatory laws appear to reflect unexamined, unfounded, or unwarranted assumptions rather than facts and evidence, and the rights of one group of citizens hangs in the balance-that this Court's intervention is most needed.”
Right now, the majority of Republican leaders are definitely anti-gay marriage, but with the younger generations supporting same-sex marriage by a large margin, it’s likely the party itself will eventually move to the center on the issue. As for whether that will happen anytime soon, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
We’ll let you know if Clint decides to speak out on this issue in the coming weeks or months.