White House Files Amicus Brief Asking SCOTUS To Overturn Prop 8

barack obamaThe Obama administration filed a brief today asking the Supreme Court to support the rights of gay couples in California get married by ruling Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

It is the latest in a series of high-profile friend-of-the-court filings supporting marriage equality, including one from more than 100 Republicans, and another by Fortune 500 corporations.

Last weekend, the administration filed a brief in United States v. Windsor, the other marriage-equality case coming before the Supreme Court

According to CNN:

The administration is not a party in the California appeal and not required to weigh in, but it decided to file an amicus or “friend of the court” brief. The key question for Obama was whether he would stop short of a vigorous endorsement of the constitutional right.

It is rare for a president to be personally involved in the legal and political considerations in a high court appeal, and sources say he spent a good deal of time reading up on the issue and articulating his views privately.

Much of the legal reasoning in any government brief would reflect in large part his personal thinking, gained from his years as a former constitutional law professor.

Today is the final day briefs can be filed for either case. The justices will begin hearing arguments in the Proposition 8 case March 26, with a ruling due by the end of June.

Yep, that’s right—we could be looking at a major marriage-equality victory just in time for Pride Sunday.


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  • Cam

    Countdown to the Log Cabiners or trolls coming in here screaming that….

    Umm….He’s only doing that for gay votes!!

    Yeah, whatever trolls.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @2eo: Avenger is kind of a weird duck, 2eo. I KNEW all along that the good President Obama would come through! We are going to see a lot of positive changes in the next 4 years in this country and we will be fully into the 21st century… with or without the naysayers and conservative blaring horns and whistles. Too bad for them… they will be “Left Behind,” lolol.

  • Elloreigh

    The ironically named “brief” is a smackdown of BLAG’s arguments. I am impressed.

  • Elloreigh

    Speaking above of the DOMA brief. Anyone got a link to the Prop 8 brief?

  • Joetx

    Oh, I’m sure Romney would’ve done the same thing.

  • Joetx

    @Joetx: That was meant to be sarcastic.

  • 2eo

    Come off it Dan, you and I both know Avenger topping himself would have you popping corks in some moderately priced domestic none vintage champagne.

  • Harley

    @cam. Yea the log cabin repugnant-clans and the GO(not)proud idiots will take full credit for overturning hateful repugnant-clans discrimitory policies all the while endorsing and voting for those same repugnant-clans in elections. It’s really hard to be two faced like that. It’s almost like a Cirque du Soleil show. Where can I get tickets. I want to see the trampoline rip and the whole bunch come crashing to the floor. THAT would be a great show.

  • viveutvivas

    It’s hard to take seriously a guy who claims to stand for human rights yet continues to kill civilians with drone strikes.


    My president you are a STAR and one of a millions. thank you, so much! I don`t know what to say?. AdamHomo.

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