Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban

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WASHINGTON – The Barack Obama administration on Friday formally asked the US Supreme Court to strike down a 1996 law defining marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman.

The request was contained in a legal brief filed to the US high court, whose nine justices plan next month to review whether or not to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans marriage between homosexuals.

According to the filing, the law “violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection” before the law stipulated by the US Constitution.

DOMA “denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples,” read the brief signed by US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

The administration’s decision to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act is not surprising, since Obama has signaled on various occasions recently that he is that he is in favor of gay marriage.

During his second inaugural address last month, the president likened the struggle for gay rights and the Civil Rights movement of past decades.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said.

He also drew a parallel between several watershed struggles in US history — that of women at the landmark Seneca Falls convention in 1848, the 1960s civil rights battles and the Stonewall riots of June 1969, which are widely seen as having sparked the gay rights movement.

Another nod to the homosexual community during Obama’s second inauguration was the selection of gay poet Richard Blanco to read a poem composed for the occasion.

In 2011, Obama abolished the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy requiring military recruits to hide their homosexuality, or risk being expelled from the service.

Last year, he became the first sitting US president to speak in favor of gay marriage.

As a result of DOMA, gay marriage is banned at the federal level. However, after gay rights advocates won several local referendums, it is now legal in nine out of 50 US states and in Washington DC.

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  • jgl414567

    Obama is right all men, women should be treated as equals whatever their sexual orientation or preferences are!

  • rinom

    if you fight against nature, you cant win.

    • $38633853

      Well, homosexuality is found in nature… in over 1,500 species…

  • xrisp

    Talking about the anti-Christ, one need not look to the “spectacular”. If one is going against the norms of God, he is simply becoming one.

  • Greg Salas

    History speaks for itself, human intervention in nature through whims and prejudices results to permanent damage that future generations will suffer.

    Though notions of human equality strongly appeals to this argument, but the demise of humanity it self cannot supersede what that reasoned equality can results to.

    Subjective religious doctrine that can perhaps cross boundaries grants sanctity of marriage to procreate, what the present world advocates of same sex marriage seeming directly goes against all norms of human union across all religious doctrines.

    Suffice to say a man and a woman, by foremost are joined to procreate. Perhaps a man and another man; a woman and another woman joins together to simply recreate.

    • $38633853

      Religion has hijacked marriage and claimed it as it’s own institution, when it’s not. Procreation can occur outside marriage. Also, heterosexual couples that don’t want to have kids are still allowed to get married, heterosexual couples that can’t have kids are still allowed to get marriage…

      So, who cares what religion says about anything? It’s the thing that’s really holding us back as a species.

      Marriage isn’t about procreation, since you can procreate outside marriage, getting married does nothing biologically to change whether you can procreate or not, marriage is a social construct created by our own species.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6NDRGGX6M5R2GSJMKBBOAKOFU Noel

    dapat yung mga homosexuals susunugin…yan yung problema sa mundo noon pa sa sodom at gumorah..

    • $38633853

      Oh grow up. Sodom and Gomorrah was due to inhospitable conditions to visitors, not homosexuality.

  • Jason Cruz

    homosexuals are for sick people only.

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