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.