Sign our petition: To President Obama and the Department of Justice: Please speak out on Prop 8 as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the case. Submit a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that a state ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
President Obama has said same-sex marriage is fine by him, but the Supreme Court will consider a more fundamental issue than that: whether Prop 8, and possibly state bans on same-sex marriage nationwide, violate the guarantee of Equal Protection under the U.S. Constitution. And so it's time for President Obama and his Department of Justice to weigh in.
The Supreme Court often asks the Administration for its views on cases, and the position of the Department of Justice carries significant legal weight. As attorney Ted Olson commented, "... given the stand the president of the United States and the attorney general of the United States made with respect to marriage equality, we would certainly hope that they would participate ... I think that, given the position that the government has taken in the DOMA cases and the reasoning that they have used in filing their brief would apply with great effect in our case, the Perry case, as well." The Obama Administration can submit a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that a state ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. Doing so would influence the Supreme Court, make headlines and help further move poll numbers in our direction. With the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in March 2013, we have no time to lose.