September 18, 2012
By Adam Bink
In today’s question-and-answer session with the White House press corps, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined comment regarding whether the Administration wants the Supreme Court to take up the case or not. Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson, who asked the questions:
Washington Blade: There’s going to be a lot of attention on the Supreme Court next week because it will consider whether to take up several pending marriage cases related to both the Defense of Marriage and California’s Proposition 8. The Justice Department has already made its views known on the DOMA cases, but given the president’s previously stated opposition to Prop 8 and his support for marriage equality, does the administration want the Supreme Court to take up the Prop 8 case in hopes of making some national ruling on same-sex marriage, or, as plaintiffs in the case have requested, do you prefer that the court allow the lower court ruling to stand striking down the marriage ban ruling just in California?
Jay Carney: That’s quite a question and I will ask you to direct it to the Justice Department. I’m not going to make policy toward Supreme Court cases from here.
Washington Blade: Generally speaking, though, would the president welcome the Supreme Court taking a case in which they could rule in favor of same-sex marriage across the country?
Carney: Yeah. I don’t have anything to say on that at this time.
The Supreme Court declining to take the case would certainly make an interesting impact on the presidential race. In theory, we could even have legal same-sex marriage in the nation’s largest state by the time of the first Presidential debate in October.
What are your thoughts on how the Supreme Court decision regarding certiorari would impact the Presidential race?