President Barack Obama's administration on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that states cannot ban gay marriage. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The Obama Administration is saying yes to gay marriage. On Friday President Barack Obama's Administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that states cannot ban gay marriage. The Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief in four cases in which the court is due to hear oral arguments on April 28. In a brief, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote that these "discriminatory laws impose concrete harms on same-sex couples and send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families." Although the administration has been supportive of gay marriage, the brief marks the first time it has explicitly asked the high court to rule that bans violate the U.S. Constitution. The justices are to consider whether same-sex marriage bans are prohibited by the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.