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.”

– End Update –

About TRNS Washington Desk

View all posts by TRNS Washington Desk
TRNS Washington Desk
News updates from on and around Capitol Hill.

LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 29, 2014

The World in 2:00

David Cameron warns of terror risks in the U.K., Malaysia Airlines axes 6,000 jobs, and severe drought from California to Central America.

You Don’t Know What ‘Libertarian’ Means

Don’t ask a libertarian, because most of them don’t know.

UK Raises Terror Threat Level Over ISIS, U.S. Declines

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland,” Jeh Johnson said.

The Soviet Union Folds, Hurricane Katrina Splashes Down And the Air Force Loses Six Nukes

Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Friday, August 29

● Poll: Obama foreign policy isn’t tough enough

● Millipede invasion is blocked at border

● Cable boxes go on a power diet

● Suit targets tuition breaks for illegal aliens

● New profile of the 113th Congress

● Labor official stole union funds

Obama: No Plan On Fighting Islamic State

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters from the White House Briefing Room, Aug. 28, 2014. Photo by James Cullum

“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said.