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Saturday, 02 March 2013 03:02

Obama Said California Marriage Equality Ban Is Unconstitutional

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Finally, we know the President Obama's position on marriage equality in California!

On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court has to consider the marriage equality ban in California and two cases challenging the section 3 of the Defense of marriage act which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

A few days ago, Obama's administration was opposed to the section 3 of DOMA describing it as unconstitutional and encouraging the Supreme Court to do the same thing. But the administration had not mentioned marriage equality. Finally, on Friday, during a conference, President Obama said he was opposed to the marriage equality ban, 'Proposition 8', in California.

"When the Supreme Court essentially called the question by taking this case about California's law, I didn't feel like that was something that this administration could avoid," he said. "I felt it was important for us to articulate what I believe and what this administration stands for.

"If the Supreme Court asks me or my attorney general or solicitor general, 'Do we think that meets constitutional muster?,' I felt it was important for us to answer that question honestly. And the answer is no."

According to USA Today, what effect a court ruling striking down Proposition 8 would have on other states is not clear. The justices could rule narrowly, as a federal appeals court did, holding only that voters cannot take away a right previously enjoyed, however briefly, by Californians. But a more sweeping decision declaring marriage rights for gays and lesbians could endanger all state bans.

The Supreme Court's decision will be made in June.


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