Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush as well as Pennsylvania's former Governor, supports marriage equality. So does former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. By the way, marriage equality is the correct term to refer to same sex marriage. Ridge was opposed to any legislation for non-discrimination against the LGBT community when Governor. He's come a long way and we in the LGBT community should appreciate his evolution. He is one of over 100 top republicans who signed the conservative amicus brief before the supreme court which asks to strike down anti marriage equality legislation. Also signing on was Clint Eastwood, without his stool.
My personal favorite of the signees is Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, who is the definition of neocon. Others who have voiced support are former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and even Laura Bush, though she doesn't want her statements broadcast.
For those who have been watching the issue evolve, this should come as no surprise. Marriage equality has become the rallying cry of the LGBT community, primarily because its message is simple: allow people to love. It's an easy message with no ill effects. The hard right-wing has tried excruciatingly hard to prove that it causes some form of harm, but has failed in every single state to prove any. If you had gay neighbors and they got married, how would that change your life? You might have to make an extra trip to the store and buy a congratulations card, but not much more.
The more important area is that of public opinion, and it's an area that is rapidly changing. A little over half of Americans support marriage equality. Much of that is due to the public support from President Obama. Now, the African-American community is becoming a close ally in this battle, same with the Latino community. What's the connection between the LGBT community and latinos? Latinos must deal with hate groups on the issue of immigration, while LGBT people have similar groups bent on destroying marriage equality. So who is still lagging behind on marriage equality? Mostly it's the two Rs: Republicans and the ultra-Religious. Both face the predicament of losing their followers if they continue to preach the ideals of the 1950s.