“Nearly two dozen states have filed briefs with the Supreme Court urging them to uphold the ban, which equal marriage opponents say is a sign the Obama administration should stay out of the case.”
So, politicians who wish to deny equal rights should intervene, but those who believe in equal rights should not? Right. No hypocrisy there whatsoever.
Texas politicians have no right advising the SCOTUS what California law should be. The Federal Government however does have a vested interest, since it is also responsible for the welfare of Californians.
The Justice Department should get that amicus brief in.
Proposition 8 – a hate-filled law firmly backed by that pagagon of ‘family values’, Arnold Swartznegger. Mr. Obama is proving to be as good as his word. A brave, forward-thinking man who will deserve his place in history for his courageous stance against religious bigotry.
I LOVE OBAMA <3 He didn't change the land scape of America he affected the world. The world is watching him and his mission for gay rights. There is a special place in Heaven for him and his family.
I don’t think SCOTUS will rule that bans in all states on same-sex marriage should be repealed. Well over half of states have constitutional bans on same sex couples marrying and at least another 10 on top have statutory bans. It’s unlikely that SCOTUS would act so radically.
However, what I would hope to hear from them is that it is not acceptable to remove a right once it has been granted and exercised. That would mean that in states that currently have SSM then no one can take it away, not even by way of referendum. That would mean SSM must resume in California and that it would be safe in the 9 states where it is currently practised.
I do think that if Obama really does believe in SSM and he is allowed to get involved in this case even only peripherally then he has a duty to and I hope he does.
The likelihood is that they will simply re-affirm Judge Walker’s original California ruling and the 9th District Appeal Court’s backing of that ruling. Both previous rulings were very clear in ensuring that this only applies to California.
There is of course the other important LGBT-related case under SCOTUS consideration at the moment, the DOMA challenge. If both of these go the way we want them to the landscape for LGBT equality in the USA will change overnight, even though a large number of states still have bans in place. That’s what the fundies fear. The SCOTUS is their only chance now to stop the wheels of progress. If they fail here they’ve lost completely. It’s only a matter of time before marriage equality is nationwide.
I think if they were simply going to do what you suggest in your first paragraph then they wouldn’t have bothered to take up the case in the first place. They didn’t have to and if they hadn’t then Walker and the 9th District’s ruling would have stayed in place. I honestly believe that there is something more afoot than simply wanting to affirm what Walker said.
This man will go down in (American) history with quite a few ‘firsts’. I true leader – courageous, intelligent, fore forward thinking and a champion of human rights! He truly deserved to win the Noble Peace prize.
Please, can I borrow your president ? I would love to have him as the president of my country.
About time too, here’s hoping he does act.
Prop’ 8 has been going on too long and all it pleases is the bigoted homophobes.
It needs to be dropped and All welcomed into the choice of marriage equally!
america needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century, it was only a couple of weeks ago that Mississippi finally banned slavery!