Partisan split clear over gay marriage

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Partisan split clear over gay marriageThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - No Democratic attorney general in a state that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying has signed onto a legal filing asking the Supreme Court to uphold California's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

No Republican attorney general is asking the high court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, supported by 10 GOP senators, is spearheading the defense of the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from collecting a range of federal benefits otherwise available to married couples.

But 212 Democrats and independents in Congress want part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act overturned. That includes two dozen who voted for it.

The participants in the two cases and other interested parties have submitted nearly 200 briefs that range from broad historical overviews to personal stories to technical legal matters.

The Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Mormon church and Orthodox Jewish congregations are among the religious organizations urging the court to uphold the California provision.

Supporters of same-sex marriage include Episcopal bishops in California, the United Church of Christ, and Reform and Conservative Jews.

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