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Obama: It’s “Right And Fair” For Constitution To Recognize Gay Marriage

equal-obamaIn a pair of interviews yesterday, President Obama reaffirmed his and his administration’s commitment to marriage equality following two Supreme Court hearings that could have widespread impact on the issue.

“I never predict what the court will do,” Obama said in an interview with Univision. “But I used to teach constitutional law, and there is certainly a strong basis for determining that in this age, given what we now know, given the changes that have been taking place in the states around the country, same-sex couples should be treated fairly and have the same rights benefits, be able to transfer property, all the rights and recognitions that heterosexual couples do.”

The SCOTUS heard arguments about the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriages, Proposition 8, on Tuesday and on Wednesday, 83-year-old widow Edie Windsor had her day in court challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said that, if the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, it would be “difficult” for any state to defend its ban on same-sex marriage.

“I think not only is it right and fair but also consistent with our Constitution to recognize same-sex couples,” Obama said in another interview with Telemundo. “It doesn’t mean everybody has to agree from a religious standpoint about this issue. It does mean that it is very important for us to remember that we’re a nation where everybody is supposed to be equal before the law.”

The Obama administration found DOMA to be unconstitutional in February 2011 and has since refused to defend it in court, though it has enforced the law. Leading up to the Supreme Court  hearings, the White House filed amicus briefs asking the court to overturn Prop 8 and DOMA.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Mar 28, 2013
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  • 4 Comments
    • MuscleModelBlog.com
      MuscleModelBlog.com

      “‘It doesn’t mean everybody has to agree from a religious standpoint about this issue. It does mean that it is very important for us to remember that we’re a nation where everybody is supposed to be equal before the law.'” Awesome quote. In spite of what people think morally / religiously, since there is separation of church and state, all relationships should be recognized. Also, just out of curiosity–I found it interesting that all the quotes came from Spanish-language media.

      Mar 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dab822
      dab822

      i agree. i have not heard/read this anywhere else. DNC must have suppressed it

      Mar 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      red4equality.tumblr.com Please help us to archive this incredible moment in history.

      Mar 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      We shouldn’t forget that Presdent Obama was born at a time in American history when it was still illegal for inter-racial couples like his parents to marry in parts of the US. The Supreme Court unanimously struck down that legacy of intolerance and bigotry in 1967.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 12:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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