White House backs gay marriage in Supreme Court brief

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WASHINGTON–US President Barack Obama’s administration threw its weight behind gay marriage on Thursday, urging the Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on same-sex unions.

The court is set to examine the issue on March 26, when it will study the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, a measure approved by a 2008 referendum that outlawed gay marriage in the most populous US state.

In a separate brief to the court concerning another case, the administration has asked justices to declare the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — a law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman — unconstitutional.

The Justice Department filed the latest brief in support of moves to have the California measure overturned, arguing that it violates the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that guarantees citizens equal rights.

“The government seeks to vindicate the defining constitutional ideal of equal treatment under the law,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

“Throughout history, we have seen the unjust consequences of decisions and policies rooted in discrimination,” he warned.

“The issues before the Supreme Court in this case… are not just important to the tens of thousands of Americans who are being denied equal benefits and rights under our laws, but to our nation as a whole.”

The filing by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is more narrowly focused on the California ban, and does not seek a ruling that would apply nationwide.

The administration’s brief noted that seven other states — Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island — have measures that grant same-sex couples rights similar to those of married couples, while restricting marriage to heterosexual unions.

Those states would be affected by the California ruling.

The California law “provides to same-sex couples registered as domestic partners all the legal incidents of marriage, but it nonetheless denies them the designation of marriage, Verrilli wrote.

Therefore, “the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage does not substantially further any important governmental interest,” he added.

Gay marriage opponents have seized upon the same similarities to claim there is no discrimination, saying California provides essentially the same rights and obligations of marriage to same-sex domestic partners.

Nine states and the US capital Washington currently allow gay marriage. The states include Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington.

The federal government is not a party in the case, but its friend-of-the-court brief marked a victory for gay rights groups challenging the California law.

The White House’s support had been expected since Obama shifted his stance on the same-sex marriage question before his re-election last year.

“President Obama and the solicitor general have taken another historic step forward consistent with the great civil rights battles of our nation’s history,” said Chad Griffin, head of Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.

“The president has turned the inspirational words of his second inaugural address into concrete action by urging our nation’s highest court to put an end to discrimination against loving, committed gay and lesbian couples.”

Obama last month made the first-ever direct reference to gay rights in an inaugural address, saying: “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.”

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  • Sandy Bulet

    Sana ganito na din sa Pilipinas..

    • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

      Be careful of what you wish for. Things are not always what they seem.

  • geminimind

    In Heaven there is no beer that’s why they drink it all here and when we’re gone from here,they’re sent back to get more of  their beers.
    The path to Heaven is a straight path,if equality in the physical is what your up to that straight path no longer with you and that’s up to you. 

  • kilabot

    there you go, stupid. 
    the world agenda is to make the abnormal the new normal; 
    1) dangerous drugs; 
    2) same-sex marriage; 
    3) man-beast union; 
    4) prostitution; 
    5) pedophilia; 
    6) abortion; 

    the agenda is being pushed around the world; 
    some countries have already legalized one or more of the agenda items; 
    the push is intensifying; targeting world leaders and people of influence; 
    uk, france, netherlands, spain, sweden, southafrica, argentina and canada have fallen; 
    obama, clinton and carter have fallen; the whole usa may fall soon; 
    noykapon has fallen; so do many ph politicians and academics; ph on the verge of falling; 

    everything will be redefined; 
    freedom means free condom; 
    $sodomy becomes love; bestialisex is affection; a toilet bowl becomes a sex object; 
    a junkie is chic; a prostitute is enterprising; 
    adopting the agenda is equated to progress, prosperity and advancement; 

    the idea is to make the world one big orgy; all people thinking, behaving and acting alike; 
    one world order; the reign of the great pervert; 
    there will be no more right nor wrong; there is only normal perversion; 

    time to choose which side you are on; fence-sitting not recommended. 
    do something against perversion. help rehabilitate a pervert; 

    No to perversion! 

    • Crazy_horse101010

      whens the orgy you forgot to tell me. same sex marriage is hurting you how. thats up to god to judge not man for eveyone is a sinner including you i never seen anything  on the news where obama tripped missed that one aand why are you so obessed with other countries thats their business not yours as for stupid i will let history decide that. funny

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        up to god???god already made laws for men to follow…and here you are saying up to god???

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        it is known as Natural Law…just advise crazy_horse101010 to study, understand, comprehend what is natural law that he may know the truth…thanks

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        correct…reason tells you that it is wrong…god gave us reason to read the natural law…

      • Crazy_horse101010

        and how are they hurting you gods law the second commandment states thou shall not make our worship graven images except the catholic church removed that law. which is a commandment godssacred laws. god says no intoning or inchanting prayers a law, god commands people to read the bible but the church killed thousands who did.. so we have selective laws and the church decides which ones to obey not god 

      • Crazy_horse101010

        oops are worship. thou shall not commit adultry yeah right that  ones really enforced. thou shall not lie another commandment.and its ok for the church to aid abet child rapes which is against natural law. its ok to damage kids but worry about gays when 40 percent of the priest are gay.  if they are breaking natural laws that is for god to judge not people pretending to speak for god

      • generalproblem

        bading so ibig mo sabihin porket wala sa 10 commandments ang pakikipag iyutan sa kapwa lalaki eh ligtas kana. kaya di nilagay ng dyos yun kasi nasuka sya hehehhe

      • Crazy_horse101010

        read exodus 20  1-17 unless god is lying he hehehehe see you in hell

      • generalproblem

        ok see u

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you say up to god then you say god made the laws for man to follow. i suggest you read the real 10 commandments not the fake ones that the church changed where did the second one go how many people get removed for adultry  or how many priests were removed for raping children they were even paid when in prison i knew kids who were abused so dont give any holier than thou garbage, child rape is unnatural. and i suggest you study child rape before preaching and see how many lives were destroyed

      • generalproblem

        hoy bading tumigil kana wag kana magkalat ng kabaklaan sa mundo. mas masarap yung tutuong butas hehehe hindi yang pwet nyo nyahahaha

      • Crazy_horse101010

        what supporter  of child rapers? nya haw haw haw haw haw

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        10 commandments pala ang law of god…wala ng iba…kitid naman pala ng utak mo…

        walang “thou shall not corrupt” sa 10 commandments…

        wala “thou shall not abort fetus” sa 10 commandments…kaya hindi siya mali…hahaha…kakatawa ng kaisipan mo…NAPAKA KITID!!!SUPER!!!

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        hanged where did the second one go how many people get removed for adultry or how many priests were removed for raping children they were even paid when in prison i knew kids who were abused so dont give any holier than thou garbage,

        ————-

        OOPS…wala sa 10 commanments ang “thou shall not rape”…hahaha…

  • bol pen

    What’s gonna be the repercussions towards America with this decision they have made? God have mercy.

  • Scientific Community Inc

    Science has proven that homosexuality is a Normal expression of human sexuality that is not chosen. Therefore, we do not see any scientific or rational reason for treating the LGBT community any differently to their heterosexual counterparts.

    • generalproblem

      hehehe ok then your science is wrong

  • Kristoffer Atienza

     America is becoming no longer the land of the Free but the land of ‘Whatever Laws.’ Their Forefathers are probably rolling in their graves right now in losing the Spirit of the Amendments they passed back in the days.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      which amendment is that. 

      • Kristoffer Atienza

         I digressed. No such Amendment talks directly about marriage.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    the world is becoming crazy…

    here in the philippines, ang pasimuno niyan ay si HONTIVEROS at ang AKBAYAN….

    DO NOT VOTE FOR HONTIVEROS…

    • johnlagrimas

       …kaya sa darating na halalan, katayin natin ang Team Patay!

      • generalproblem

        ok sama ako dyan

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        correct..tnx for the stand…this insanity must be stopped now..

  • generalproblem

    this is the reason why america is not fun anymore.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      its not fun because of the thousands of children that were raped by priests. the ones who were supposed to protect them. some of these children are now dead because they killed themselves and others are insane. at least gay marriages no one was destroyed. because of the men of god, the ones who the church protected and is still protecting. and the raping is still going on except now foreign priests are now raping american kids. 

      • generalproblem

        hoy sino nagsabi sayo na ang bakla hindi nang rape. dun sa amin sa ni rape ng 3 tatlong matandang bakla yung 1st yr high school student hanggang ngayon na trauma. ikaw ba naman ang iyutin ng bakla sa wetpaks hehehe. at sino nagsabi sayo na gay marriages walang na destroy hehee ungas na destroy nyo yung society

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you should go on the internet and get educated. if thats the case 40 percent of priests are rapists. the trouble with this world everyones a morality cop and i havent seen one badge yet that was issued by god. but go ahead support your baby rapers. haw haw haw yourself

      • generalproblem

        hoy bading alam na namin yan ang aminin mo na kayong mga bading ay rapist din. nyahahahha. maluwag na ba pwet mo

  • riza888

    I hope SCOTUS don’t overturn this. Californians passed Prop 8 legally and in accordance with the state’s constitution.

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