Amicus Brief Reveals History of Government Anti-Gay Bias


Paul Thompson, counsel of record on McDermott’s Supreme Court amicus brief submitted for the Mattachine Society to show that decades of government animus supported laws banning same-sex marriage that are now before the Court, said that “the animosity was such a pervasive part of the culture that it’s really all about marriage. It led to the conclusion that these people can’t be allowed to be together in a loving relationship.” Without McDermott’s and the Mattachine Society’s archive activism, noted Lisa Linsky, who also worked on the brief, “Much of this historic evidence would never be known, and worse, would be destroyed.”