February 28, 2013
By Scottie Thomaston
UPDATE 2 (4:02PM ET): The New York Times also confirms:
Breaking News:Obama Administration Urges Supreme Court to Overturn California Gay Marriage Bannyti.ms/ZEC9V4
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 28, 2013
UPDATE 3:47PM ET: Reuters confirms that an “administration official” in the Obama administration has told them a brief will be filed in the case.
A breaking report by NBC News says the Obama administration is filing a brief in the Prop 8 case urging the Supreme Court to strike it down.
BREAKING: Justice Department will urge US Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California in Prop 8 case – @petewilliamsnbc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 28, 2013
Courage Campaign has urged the administration to get involved in the case and support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love.
There is no indication yet how far the administration will go in its argument: there are a variety of options from a narrow view to a view of full marriage equality in all states.
EqualityOnTrial will report any new updates.
UPDATE: Rick Jacobs, founder of Courage Campaign, has a statement:
“We applaud President Obama for standing up for millions of Californians who simply want to marry the person they love. The two Supreme Court cases this summer will be a watershed moment for equality and President Obama has put his Administration squarely on the right side of history. Last November, voters from Maine to Washington stood up for equality. Now it’s time for the Supreme Court to catch up with the American public. Discrimination and hatred have no place in a country founded on the principles of liberty, justice and equality.”
More than 15,000 Courage Campaign members urged President Obama to take the action he did today.