Clint Eastwood has joined more than 100 self-described moderate and conservative Republicans in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, reports NBCNews.com.
Eastwood, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson were among those who signed a "friends of the Court” brief challenging California’s Proposition 8.
The brief states that “marriage is strengthened, not undermined” by allowing gay marriage.
“The denial of civil marriage to same-sex couples does not mean that their children will be raised by married opposite-sex couples,” the brief states. “Rather, the choice here is between allowing same-sex couples to marry, thereby conferring on their children the benefits of marriage, and depriving those children of married parents altogether.
“Proposition 8 ran afoul of our constitutional order by submitting to popular referendum a fundamental right that there is no legitimate, fact-based reason to deny to same-sex couples."
The Supreme Court will hear the oral argument on the issue on March 26.
“These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage?” Eastwood said in 2011. “I don’t give a f*ck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of.”
Oddly, Republicans have not attacked Eastwood for supporting gay marriage, but have vilified President Obama, who takes the exact same position. Obama has been racially attacked and compared to Hitler, Stalin and the anti-Christ.