Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:13 PM
Newsjock (11,374 posts)
AP: Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
Source: Associated Press
The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage, a step that would mark a political victory for advocates of same-sex unions and a deepening commitment by President Barack Obama to rights for gay couples.
... The administration has until Feb. 28 to intervene in the case by filing a "friend of the court" brief.
... A final decision on whether to file a brief has not been made, a senior administration official said. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is consulting with the White House on the matter, said the official, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to address the private deliberations publicly.
... Ahead of next week's deadline, nearly two dozen states have filed briefs with the Supreme Court asking the Justices to uphold the California measure.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-considers-weighing-supreme-court-gay-marriage-case-article-1.1269384
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AP: Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage (Original post)
Response to Newsjock (Original post)
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:57 AM
yardwork (38,183 posts)
4. Two dozen states have filed briefs urging the Court to support California's ban on equal marriage.
I'm sure that my state is one of them.
The country is deeply divided along states' rights lines.
Response to yardwork (Reply #4)
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:37 PM
alp227 (28,879 posts)
9. I wonder how many are former confederate states.
Most of not all former confederate states have had Prop 8 type laws long before california passed p8. Also are right to work states & allow employment discrimination on sexual orientation. I say let them secede if they wish to value discrimination in the name of "family values" and ignore the 14th amendment.
Response to alp227 (Reply #9)
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:54 PM
slackmaster (60,567 posts)
10. Some potentially enlightening links...
Response to slackmaster (Reply #10)
Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:52 PM
alp227 (28,879 posts)
13. Re your 2nd & 3rd links
Link 3 is Michigan's AC brief; Michigan's current AG is a Republican. Same with its neighbor across Lake Michigan, Wisconsin; J.B. Van Hollen has aggressively sued to defend his state's voter ID laws as well.
The ex-Confederate states that did NOT file AC's in defense of P8: Arkansas (Democratic AG), Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi (Dem AG), N. Carolina (Dem AG), and Tennessee (which has a Democratic AG). The AG of Indiana led this bunch of states that weren't Michigan. Looking at the list these states all have Republican AG's and (except CO and VA and WI) went for Romney in the last election.