Breaking: Justice Department to officially back marriage equality at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will urge the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, Pete Williams of NBC News reports. Thursday is the deadline for the administration to submit a friend-of-the-court brief in the Proposition 8 case, which will examine whether California voters had the right to ban same-sex marriage.
The precise language and scope of the amicus brief is unknown, but is expected to be filed later Thursday afternoon. It is unclear whether the brief will take the position that it is unconstitutional for any state to ban same-sex marriage or whether it will only speak to the specific circumstances in California, where voters narrowly voted to end gay marriage in 2008.
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief earlier on Thursday urging the Supreme Court to strike down Prop. 8.
President Barack Obama has stated that he personally believes that same-sex couples should be allowed to be married but has also previously said the issue should be left up to the states.
WAAH! But I'm a gay "fiscal conservative", and I need to vote for loony Republicans! WAAH!
Incredible that this should be happening in my lifetime.
I remember doing my senior honor's thesis on the Calvinist sermonic roots of Apartheid. Toward the end of my defense, two esteemed history professors asked me if I thought Apartheid would be eradicated in the next hundred years. I told them I believed it would happen in the next twenty years, and explained how and why. The entire committee burst out laughing. Even my mentor, my major professor. Now, who was right?
Now I feel like those professors of thirty years ago. Having come of age in the Reign of Reagan and the backlash against liberals, I *never* thought I would see this kind of progress, and helped enormously by a Black President, for God's sake. In the face of unprecedented obstructionism from the Republicans.
It may feel like baby steps to younger folks, but I am shocked and thrilled. To paraphrase the awesome FLOTUS, between Obama's elections and progress on the gay human rights front, I feel proud of my country for the first time in a long time.
I know, tl;dr. But I wrote it anyway.
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.