Eastwood inks support for same-sex marriage
February 28th, 2013
11:51 AM ET
9 years ago

Eastwood inks support for same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Actor Clint Eastwood joined the list of Republicans signing a legal brief in support of same-sex marriage, a person familiar with the document confirmed Thursday.

Eastwood has previously lamented the idea of "making a big deal out of gay marriage," but he's now joining a chorus of high-profile Republicans that want the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex couples who want to legally wed.

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Next month, the high court will hear two separate oral arguments on challenges to Proposition 8, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban in California, as well as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 congressional law that says for federal purposes, marriage is defined as only between one man and one woman.

At least 100 Republicans have signed onto the amicus brief, including a number of top officials from the George W. Bush administration, Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, and former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.

While Eastwood has stated support for same-sex marriage in the past, the actor has also publicly chastised efforts to make hay out of the debate, saying there are more important issues to tackle.

In a 2011 interview with GQ magazine, Eastwood said he personally doesn't "give a f*** about who wants to get married to anybody else" and added that the country is wasting time on the debate.

"We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of," he said. "They go on and on with all this bulls**t about 'sanctity'-don't give me that sanctity crap. Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."

Eastwood, who served as a high-profile surrogate for Romney last year, re-emphasized his stance on same-sex marriage during an interview on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show in 2012

"(It's) part of the libertarian idea: Leave everybody alone," he said.

He continued: "The condition of society right now, with the high unemployment rates and the tremendous debt we're increasing and the government spending, we'd think there'd be a lot to think about (rather) that worrying about gay marriage," he said on the show.

While it's unclear how much sway the legal brief will have with the Supreme Court justices, Eastwood's signature on the document could be his latest step in saying it's time to close this chapter and move on.

Breitbart first reported the story.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. rs

    Careful- you guys are starting to look reasonable again! 🙂

    February 28, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Tracy

    I love Clint Eastwood!!

    February 28, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    He also announced plans to marry his favorite chair tomorrow.

    February 28, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    He also announced plans to marry his favorite chair tomorrow. Patting the well-worn but comfortable looking La-Z-Boy on the back, he said with a smitten twinkle in his eye "we like to call it chairrage."

    February 28, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    I'll like to know how many chairs were broken today in rethug homes and offices, including congres.

    February 28, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. RomneyWho

    🙁 . . . Need I say more?

    February 28, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. timz

    I'm much more interested in what Clint's chair has to say.

    February 28, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Hey Clint, it's called a wedge issue. Like the Flag Lapel & Benghazi & White Water & Vince Foster. . It's been part of the GOP playbook since 1968. Ties up all of everyone's time & energy from dealing with the real stuff.

    February 28, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. John the Historian

    Well I guess I should not be surprised he supports Gay rights, he did direct the Garden of Good and Evil. I hope he can change the mind of the party of the Christian Right and the party of Family Values.

    February 28, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |

    An empty chair advise him to sign on to the legal brief.

    February 28, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |

    GOD SAID marraige was between oneman a d one woma.n. Where does man and man or woman and woman fit in there?

    February 28, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. much thunder.little rain

    i thought the democrats did not care what he says anyway...

    February 28, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    I don't believe the letter reflects their true positions. When have you ever known a conservative flip-flop on such a major, hot button issue without giving extensive long winded explanations as to they have changed sides. When a whole entire crowd of them jump ship all at once, that throws up a red flag for me.

    February 28, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |