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Obama administration to express support for gay marriage before Supreme Court

Administration officials say the Justice Department will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, wading into the protracted legal battle over Proposition 8 and giving gay-rights advocates a new court ally.

After first suggesting it would not get involved, the Obama administration will file a friend-of-the-court brief late today in support of the two gay couples who launched the fight over the issue four years ago, the officials said. Today is the last day for filing briefs in support of the couples' position.

The administration last year signaled it might stay on the sidelines. In May, when President Obama first said that "same-sex couples should be able to get married," he added that it was not a matter for the federal government.

But he appeared to express a different view in January during his inaugural address when he said, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in late March to decide the fate of Proposition 8, an amendment to the state constitution approved by 52 percent of California voters in 2008. It banned same-sex marriages in the state and went into effect after 18,000 gay couples were legally married earlier that year.

by Anonymousreply 903/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 102/28/2013

I wish you all the best with your therapy sessions, R2.

by Anonymousreply 303/01/2013

The Washington Post: Obama urges Supreme Court to overturn Prop. 8.

Wait, I thought he only did it for our votes?

by Anonymousreply 403/01/2013

R2 is sadly representative of the racist shit hole DL has morphed into.

by Anonymousreply 503/01/2013

Best to ignore him, R5.

by Anonymousreply 603/01/2013

It's freeper central here because it's anonymous and easy access for them.

The funny thing is that they only reinforce our opinion of them; ignorant, bigoted, and out of touch. Additionally, they bump threads of interest to liberals! It's just a lose, lose for the idiot freeps. They are just too curious to stop lurking the gay boards....hummmmm

by Anonymousreply 703/01/2013

And they just lost one of their favorite talking points.

Must suck for them.

by Anonymousreply 803/01/2013

Sad that this gets so little attention.

by Anonymousreply 903/02/2013
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