White House Filing Amicus Brief In Gay Marriage Case

The White House will urge the Supreme Court to support same-sex marriage when the high court hears a challenge to California's Prop 8 next month, according to NBC News.

The White House will urge the Supreme Court to support same-sex marriage when the high court hears a challenge to California’s Prop 8 next month. The story was first reported today by NBC News.

The administration reportedly intends to file an amicus brief on Thursday. Earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to say if the White House would be getting involved in the case.

The case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, disputes whether Proposition 8, a ballot initiative in California that changed the state’s Constitution to specifically prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriage, is Constitutional.

TRNS placed a call with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which would neither confirm nor deny the report.

UPDATE: The Department of Justice has released a copy of the brief it wrote, thus confirming the report. Click here  — 12-144tsacUnitedStates — to read it.

In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder explained the administration’s decision to get involved in the suit.

“In our filing today in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the government seeks to vindicate the defining constitutional ideal of equal treatment under the law. Throughout history, we have seen the unjust consequences of decisions and policies rooted in discrimination. The issues before the Supreme Court in this case and the Defense of Marriage Act case are not just important to the tens of thousands Americans who are being denied equal benefits and rights under our laws, but to our Nation as a whole.”

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