Nearly a dozen notable Republican political consultants are among the 80 members of the GOP submitting a friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court before justices hear arguments in two cases that could legalize gay marriage.  

The consultants who signed the letter:

•    Alex Castellanos, Founding Partner, Purple Strategies
•    Ben Ginsberg, Partner, Patton Boggs
•    Dave Kochel, Founder, Redwave Communications
•    Alex Lundry, Vice President and Director of Research, TargetPoint Consulting
•    Mark McKinnon, Senior Advisor, Hill + Knowlton Strategies
•    Mike Murphy, Republican consultant
•    Patrick Ruffini, President, Engage
•    Steve Schmidt, Vice Chairman of Public Affairs, Edelman
•    Mike Turk, Partner, Wade Strategic Communications
•    Bob Wickers, President and CEO, The Wickers Group

Other signers include Ken Mehlman, former RNC chairman and George W. Bush campaign manager; David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter; Rich Galen, former press secretary to House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Ken Spain, former NRCC communications director; and former FEC Chairman Michael Toner.