The last time Clint Eastwood made headlines, he was memorably speaking to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. Now he’s making headlines for an entirely different political reason. The Oscar-winning director joined about a hundred California Republicans in the signing of a brief, asking that the Supreme Court allow same-sex couples to marry.
The brief reads in part:
“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.”
This news comes almost simultaneously with news that President Obama has decided to urge the Supreme Court to overturn the ban on same sex marriage.
The Supreme Court will hear the arguments filed, including the brief Eastwood signed, on