That is: Will the Department of Justice weigh in on the case in favor of opponents of Prop 8, the California ballot measure that defined marriage as between one man and one woman? And what will it say? Hollingsworth v. Perry concerns the California ballot initiative, enacted in In a brief filed with the court on Thursday, opponents of Prop 8 made broad arguments claiming that it is unconstitutional.
Obama presses for gay marriage in inaugural speech
PolitiFact | President Barack Obama's shifting stance on gay marriage
Liz Halloran. Six states and the nation's capital have recognized the legality of same-sex marriages, either by law or by court order. But over the past decade and a half, each of the 30 states to consider constitutional amendments that would outlaw such unions has adopted the ban — from Alaska in to North Carolina earlier this year. That may change on Election Day, when voters in Maryland, Washington, Maine and Minnesota — awash in money, messages and advertisements from both sides of the issue — will make their decision on whether to recognize gay marriage. Supporters rally for a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage, Sept. It will be the first major test since President Obama in May became the first president to publicly state his support for gay marriage. This week, Obama also personally endorsed ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington state that would legalize gay marriage; he has previously expressed opposition to efforts in Minnesota to pass a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.
Obama: NY's Gay Marriage Law A “Good Thing”
On Friday, Barack Obama tackled all sorts of tough questions from young voters during "Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview With the President," including whether he had a "game-changing idea" to lower the cost of higher education and his stance on stricter gun-control laws. And the tough questions didn't let up: Obama was asked whether his administration would continue in the tradition of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act and work to ensure the rights of same-sex couples. While the president has already repealed "don't ask, don't tell" and spoken out in favor of same-sex marriages, he told MTV News' Sway Calloway that he believes the issue is best left to the states and the courts to decide.
President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president. In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an " evolution " that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters. The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states' deciding the issue on their own.