Retired U.S. Senator Al Simpson of Wyoming and other Republican lawmakers show support for gay marriage

By: AP
By: AP
 A group of current and former Republican lawmakers say they support making same-sex marriage legal in Utah and Oklahoma because it

FILE - This May 4, 2007, file photo shows former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson delivering a key-note address to Log Cabin Republicans at their annual convention in Denver. The Wyoming Republican served 18 years in the Senate, but as a teenager he pleaded guilty to setting fire to an abandoned building on federal property. For teenagers who committed crimes and received a life in prison sentence without parole Simpson said, "When they get to be 30 or 40 and they been in the clink for 20 years or 30 or 40 and they have learned how to read and how to do things, why not" release them Simpson told to the Associated Press. If a prisoner shows he is not fit to be released, "throw him back in," he said. "That's better than saying 'Sorry, we can't look at that file because you were sent here for life.'" (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, FILE)

Salt Lake City, UT (AP) - A group of current and former Republican lawmakers say they support making same-sex marriage legal in Utah and Oklahoma because it's consistent with Western conservative values of freedom and liberty.

A group that includes former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas plan to file a friend of the court brief Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Denver that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

A draft provided to The Associated Press shows they cite beliefs from former President Ronald Reagan and former Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

Denver attorney Sean Gallagher, whose firm wrote the 30-page argument, says many Republicans are re-examining their stance on gay marriage.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has hearings in mid-April for both cases.

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