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Obama Administration Will Support Marriage Equality In Proposition 8 Case

By Zack Ford  

"Obama Administration Will Support Marriage Equality In Proposition 8 Case"

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a party to the Defense of Marriage Act case before the Supreme Court, but not in the case challenging California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. LGBT groups have pressured the Obama administration to nonetheless file a brief defending marriage equality in that case as well, and NBC News is reporting that it has. According to early reports, the brief argues that California should allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, but its full text has not yet been released. Unlike in the DOMA case, which deals only with federal recognition of same-sex marriage, Prop 8 deals with whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage. Though the DOJ brief may only speak to California, it could also argue for the importance of marriage equality across all 50 states.

Update

Read the full brief here.

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