President Obama Says No Way to Avoid Gay Marriage Case
President Barack Obama says there was no way he could avoid urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage.
Obama says the nation is going through the same type of evolution he has gone through about gay marriage. He says he's concluded the U.S. can't discriminate against gay couples and he felt it was important to express his views to the court.
He says the California law provides no basis for treating gay couples differently, other than they're not straight.
Obama spoke at a White House news conference the day after his administration on Tuesday filed a friend-of-the-court belief calling on the court to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure.
The administration says unequivocally in a legal brief filed late Thursday that gay marriage should be allowed to resume in California, where it has been barred since the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008.
It does not explicitly call for marriage equality across the United States but points the court in that direction.
More immediately, the administration's position, if adopted by the court, probably would result in gay marriage becoming legal in seven other states that, like California, give gay couples all the benefits of marriage, but don't allow them to wed.
They are: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island. (AP)