The high court granted the request by U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. to allow the Obama Administration 10 minutes to make its case on why the federal government believes the Prop 8 is unconstitutional.
Supporters and opponents of marriage equality are making plans for large rallies in Washington, D.C., during the week that the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Signaling further evolution on the issue of marriage equality for gays and lesbians, President Barack Obama said he could not imagine a circumstance in which a state could legally justify banning same-sex marriage.
The backers of a flawed, but widely cited academic study critical of gay relationships and their impact on children of gay parents, choreographed its release in time to influence “major decisions of the Supreme Court,” according to documents obtained by The American Independent.
"In the end, of course, it will boil down to the nine Justices and, as the world knows, most likely the contest will be decided by just one: Anthony Kennedy, an enigmatic, 76-year-old Republican from Sacramento."
"What Prop 8 did was to add a subsection to the California Constitution's equal protection clause, amending it to specifically exclude lesbians and gay men from the state's equality guarantee when it comes to marriage."
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.
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), an openly gay Asian American from Riverside County, has send this letter to President Barack Obama to encourage him to submit an amicus brief to support marriage equality in the Proposition 8 case that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up on March 26.