Republicans sign brief in support of gay marriage

FIL E -- In this file photo from June 17, 2008, John Lewis, left, puts a wedding ring on the hand of Stuart Gaffney as they exchange marriage vows at City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush, file)

February 26, 2013 6:03:34 AM PST
A top Silicon Valley CEO and former Republican candidate for governor is changing her position on same-sex marriage. Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman is among dozens of prominent Republicans coming forward to say Proposition 8 should be overturned.

The New York Times reports Whitman has signed a legal brief arguing gay people have a constitutional right to marriage. Whitman supported Proposition 8 during her campaign for governor in 2010. Other prominent Republicans who signed the brief include former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and former Massachusetts Governors William Weld and Jane Swift.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether Proposition 8 is constitutional next month.