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President Obama To Oppose California’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Thu, February 28, 2013 6:15pm EDT by Chris Rogers Add first Comment
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The Obama administration is formally expressing its support for same sex marriage in California by urging the Supreme Court to overturn its ban.

President Barack Obamas administration is expected to urge the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on same sex marriage on Feb 28. The outcome could be extremely beneficial for the right of same-sex couples to wed.

The deadline for the administration and other parties to file friend-of-the-court briefs is Feb. 28. While the administration’s brief would not be legally binding, it would have great influence on the court when it considers the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 measure in March.

Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage

President Obama’s view on same-sex marriage has certainly evolved over the years. He’s openly supported same-sex unions, but has said marriage should be governed by states. He does think, however, that same-sex couple should be able to get married. Plus, this new brief may give a deeper insight into Obama’s current views on same-sex marriage.

Gay rights advocates are not only pushing for Obama to overturn the same-sex ban in California, but they’re hoping the President will forbid any state from constitutionally banning same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 was approved by California voters in 2008 in response to a state Supreme Court decision that allowed gay marriage. In turn, gay marriage was then banned in California. Currently, 29 other states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, while nine states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage.

Multiple Entities Filed Briefs In Prop 8 Case

Multiple states, organizations and individuals have filed briefs in the Proposition 8 case over the past few days. President Obama’s brief would, of course, be the biggest draw, however.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley claims that marriage enhances economic security and emotional well-being for the partners, and is better for children. “All of these interests are furthered by ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution,” she said in the brief she signed.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should the court overturn the same-sex marriage ban in California?

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