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Obama considers weighing in on gay-marriage case

Published: Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 9:26 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage, a step that would mark a political victory for advocates of same-sex unions and a deepening commitment by President Barack Obama to rights for gay couples.

Obama raised expectations among opponents of the Proposition 8 ban when he declared in last month's inaugural address that gays and lesbians must be "treated like anyone else under the law." The administration has until Feb. 28 to intervene in the case by filing a "friend of the court" brief.

The Proposition 8 ballot initiative was approved by California voters in 2008 and overturned a state Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage. Twenty-nine other states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, while nine states and Washington, D.C., recognize same-sex marriage.

An administration brief alone is unlikely to sway the Justices but the federal government's opinion does carry weight with the court.

A final decision on whether to file a brief has not been made, a senior administration official said. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is consulting with the White House on the matter, said the official, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to address the private deliberations publicly.


1bumbob(146 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I hope the President does weigh in on the case. Gay marriage should be legal and he should lend his support to it.

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2excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I concur! Obama should show his support by dumping Michelle and going gay all the way!

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Regardless of the issue I don't like where is says "quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban" Wouldn't that be the courts decision ? The supreme court is just puppets of the POTUS.

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4DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Ytownnative, the mechanism for him to communicate with the Supreme Court is called an amicus brief. It just means he agrees with one of the sides in the lawsuit. You can do the same if you like.

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5Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Read that and I didn't see the words urging the court to overturn

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