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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:31 PM

Obama administration to express support for gay marriage before Supreme Court

Source: NBC

Obama administration to express support for gay marriage before Supreme Court

By Pete Williams, Chief Justice Correspondent, NBC News

Administration officials say the Justice Department will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, wading into the protracted legal battle over Proposition 8 and giving gay-rights advocates a new court ally.

After first suggesting it would not get involved, the Obama administration will file a friend-of-the-court brief late today in support of the two gay couples who launched the fight over the issue four years ago, the officials said. Today is the last day for filing briefs in support of the couples' position.

The administration last year signaled it might stay on the sidelines. In May, when President Obama first said that "same-sex couples should be able to get married," he added that it was not a matter for the federal government.

But he appeared to express a different view in January during his inaugural address when he said, "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."

Read more: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/28/17134418-obama-administration-to-express-support-for-gay-marriage-before-supreme-court?lite

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Reply Obama administration to express support for gay marriage before Supreme Court (Original post)
kpete Feb 2013 OP
msanthrope Feb 2013 #1
blueclown Feb 2013 #3
66 dmhlt Mar 2013 #20
blueclown Mar 2013 #21
iandhr Feb 2013 #2
Cha Feb 2013 #4
kpete Feb 2013 #6
Cha Feb 2013 #10
Tarheel_Dem Feb 2013 #5
Cha Feb 2013 #11
Tarheel_Dem Mar 2013 #14
Cha Mar 2013 #15
Tarheel_Dem Mar 2013 #16
obama2terms Feb 2013 #7
blkmusclmachine Feb 2013 #8
OKNancy Feb 2013 #9
Cha Feb 2013 #12
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #13
bitchkitty Mar 2013 #17
Jamastiene Mar 2013 #18
blkmusclmachine Mar 2013 #19

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:36 PM

1. That will be an amicus I will enjoy reading. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:49 PM

3. Not just a brief, as I'm sure SG Verilli will be involved in the oral arguments.

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Response to blueclown (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 08:53 AM

20. Why would he be involved in oral arguments?

He's not the attorney for either party involved - it's just an amicus brief.

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Response to 66 dmhlt (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 10:01 AM

21. The government has the opportunity to present its case as a friend of the court

in the oral arguments, which is different from most other parties.

See Fisher v. University of Texas as an example of a case where the federal government is neither the petitioner nor the respondent, but had the opportunity in oral argument to state their case.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:44 PM

2. Thank you sir.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:17 PM

4. Wow.. have we come a long way!

thanks kpete

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:19 PM

6. Thanks

President Obama

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Response to kpete (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:21 PM

10. Yeah,

him, too.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:06 PM

5. Can you imagine the number of posts/recs this would receive if the news were different? What's....

wrong DU? Can't beat the Prez up over this decision? If there was the slightest rumor/hint that the president wouldn't support marriage equality, it'd get a thousand recs, and a ton of outrage.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:24 PM

11. Of course.. that's the only

thing that feeds 'em. The Outrage! Thanks for posters like you, Tarheel_Dem, who appreciate our President for what he accomplishes and treats him with the respect that he's earned.

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Response to Cha (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:32 AM

14. They scream about what he hasn't done, or that he "needs to lead" (puke).....

I am so sick of that phrase. But when he does what they've been screaming about, you get crickets. That should tell everyone here that there's another agenda afoot.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:35 AM

15. They're too busy hurling abuse to notice what is being

done for People.

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Response to Cha (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:38 AM

16. I take comfort in the fact that history will be extremely generous to this president.

Bank on it! He's had an amazing run, and it ain't over yet.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:04 PM

7. I read

On huffpo that the admin. hasn't been clear on weather they will support gay marriage in Cal. or nationwide. Here's the link if anyone is interested.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/obama-gay-marriage-brief_n_2782290.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices&utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:39 PM

8. I take it that this will be different from the DOJ's Brief from 3 years ago, where it defamed GLBT

persons as necrophiliacs, child molesters, and drug addicts?

Cool.

But then again, words are cheap.

Especially in DC.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:45 PM

9. ...and it is done

@CBSNews: JUST IN: Attorney General Eric Holder files brief asking Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on same sex marriages

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:26 PM

12. Thanks OKNancy!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:05 PM

13. Thank you Mr. President. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 05:56 AM

18. Whew!

One of the local news stations(WCNC) here in the region of NC where I live just said (right before the commercial) that a late night brief went to the SCOTUS and that the White House was taking a stand AGAINST gay marriage. Then, when they came back after the commercial, they said the opposite. I don't know if they are just having their usual morning screw ups or what, but it is good to come here and see it is the opposite of what they said before the commercial.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 06:01 AM

19. But, but, but ...

gawd's in the mix !!!

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