VIDEO: Obama Predicts Supreme Court Will Dump Defense Of Marriage Act

President Obama’s position on same-sex marriage has “evolved” from opposition to the outspoken support that never ends.

In an interview airing tonight with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News the president asserts that he can’t imagine that the Supreme Court will allow the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage, to pass constitutional muster:

My hope is that– the Court looks at the evidence and and in the California case, for example, the only reason presented for treating gays and lesbians differently was, “Well, they’re gay and lesbian.” There wasn’t– a real rationale beyond that. In fact you know, all the other rights and and responsibilities of a civil union were identical to marriage. It’s just you couldn’t call it marriage. Well, at that point, what you’re really sayin’ is, ‘We’re just gonna treat these folks differently because of who they are.’ And I do not think that’s who are as Americans. And frankly, I think American attitudes have evolved, just like mine have, pretty substantially and fairly quickly, and I think that’s a good thing.

How do you think the Supreme Court will decide?

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    Bitter and resentful outsider, Clarence Thomas, will do whatever Scalia and Alito do because he’s a follower and can’t reason for himself. 3:6 in favor of equality.

  • jwrappaport

    @1EqualityUSA: Whoa, you think Roberts will be in the majority? Doubtful. I say 5-4 with Kennedy casting the deciding vote. I bet it will be on federalism grounds – I sincerely doubt the Court will make a sweeping ruling invalidate state laws banning gay marriage.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    hmmm. Right side of history….?

  • jwrappaport

    @1EqualityUSA: Here’s to hoping, but courts are by and large conservative institutions that don’t want to get too far ahead of public opinion. I wonder if Roberts would join a federalism-based decision. Or if perhaps he wants to consider his legacy on the Court and join a more sweeping decision.

    I predict DOMA will be thrown out on federalism grounds while Prop 8 is thrown out on Equal Protection grounds (narrowed to the extent that it only applies to cases where rights were given in the first place before being taken away). Both 5-4. Anything more and I’ll tip my hat.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    If I wore hats, I would tip them for a sweeper vote. We’ve been unrecognized for too long. It’s embarrassing.

  • Dakotahgeo

    DOMA and Prop 8 both booted in a 5-4 decision.

  • John Doe

    Considering how SCOTUS likes to split hairs at times, it is quite possible that they take an alternate route and actually refuse to accept “standing” by either the House (for the DOMA case) or for the defendants (Prop 8). The Harvard Law School professor that SCOTUS hired to study “standing” on behalf of SCOTUS seems to believe that SCOTUS may not have the jurisdiction for one or both of these cases… and that “standing” by some parties is seriously questionable.

    So, I wouldn’t be surprised, although I’d be discouraged, if SCOTUS came up with an alternate ruling that kicks the ball into another type of ruling. At least in 1 of the 2 cases.


    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Even though Obama seems to have changed his opinion based on how he thinks his support base will react, he is the most outwardly supportive president to date.

  • Brown Gay Al

    The DOMA case should fall 7-2 with Kennedy, Thomas and Roberts voting on state rights.
    The Prop 8 case will be upheld by Kennedy. Only Roberts is the wild card here, given that he already allowed an assault on our rights on the forced mandate of Obamacare I don’t think he will stick his neck out again.
    Obama filing a brief for the 9 state solution forces Kennedy to be more likely to uphold Prop 8. If it was just restricted to CA Kennedy would follow his own precedent in Romer v Evans. The best case scenario for gays in Prop 8 would be that the case is dismissed on procedural grounds.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Prop 8 doesn’t stand a chance, legally.

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