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Marilyn Musgrave [UPDATED]

In 2003 as a Colorado legislator, state Rep. Marilyn Musgrave wrote and sponsored the bill that successfully banned same-sex marriage. In 2004 then-US Rep. Marilyn Musgrave sponsored and voted for a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006 then-Rep. Marilyn Musgrave was given a 0% rating by the Human Rights Campaign. In 2006 then-Rep. Marilyn Musgrave appeared at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit to declare that same-sex marriage was the single issue that most-imperiled the survival of the United States. In 2006 then-Rep. Marilyn Musgrave again sponsored and again voted for a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. In 2007 then-Rep. Marilyn Musgrave voted against ENDA. In 2008 the American Conservative Union honored then-Rep. Marilyn Musgrave as the "most conservative" member of Congress.   And on February 26th, 2013 former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave signed onto a GOP Supreme Court brief that endorses the full marriage equality of gay Americans.

We have truly won. It won't happen right away. But it's inevitable.

UPDATE: STOP the celebration, everybody. Musgrave is DENYING the above-linked New York Times story.
“I’m very befuddled by this story,” Musgrave told FOX31 Denver. “There’s absolutely no truth to that. I’m reading it thinking, ‘what in the world?’ “I wasn’t even aware of it. I have not changed my position. I’m trying to imagine where anyone would get that information and I can’t figure it out.” The brief, organized by former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, who is openly gay, urges the Supreme Court to declare that gay and lesbian couples have a Constitutional right to marry. Musgrave is cited in the lede paragraph of a story by the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg as part of a growing group of conservative Republicans supporting Mehlman’s brief. Musgrave’s former district director, former state Rep. B.J. Nikkel, has signed the brief.
Damn, damn, damn. Too good to be true, indeed. In his post on the Times story, Jeremy Hooper even said, "If you had asked me yesterday morning to name an American likely to come out for marriage equality, Ms. Musgrave would've ranked somewhere below a cryogenically frozen version of Ronald Reagan." Somebody at the Times has some explaining to do.

UPDATE II: The New York Times has issued a retraction: "An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that former Representative Marilyn Musgrave, Republican of Colorado, had signed on to the brief. The brief was signed by her former district director, for himself."

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