In his news conference today, President Barack Obama stated that he does not believe California’s Prop 8 is constitutional. The Justice Department, under his leadership, submitted a brief to the Supreme Court regarding the challenge to the amendment.
Obama said in the press conference that mostly dealt with the sequester that “As everybody here knows, last year upon a long period of reflection, I concluded that we cannot discriminate against same-sex couples when it comes to marriage. The basic principle that America is founded on — the idea that we’re all created equal — applies to everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, as well as race or gender or religion or ethnicity.”
Obama also said that he could not avoid having his administration weigh in on the case and Prop 8 stating that “I felt it was important for us to articulate what I believe and what this administration stands for.”
The Justice Department is one of several groups and organizations to file amicus briefs calling for an end to marriage discrimination in this country. There are a few who have called upon SCOTUS to uphold the law, but they are in the minority.
Was asked about whether or not marriage should be a right people in all states, not just in California. Obama stated that he personally favors such rights, but that the DoJ had to take a narrower view and that “The solicitor general in his institutional role going before the Supreme Court is obliged to answer the specific question before them, and the specific question presented before the court right now is whether Prop. 8 and the California law is unconstitutional.”