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COMMENTARY: Marriage equality opponents falsely claim Obama as an ally

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The Washington Post
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January 29, 2013

Get this: Proponents of Proposition 8, the California law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, are now citing the words of President Obama to buttress their position. As you’ve heard, there’s been some pressure on the Obama administration to file a “friend of the court” brief from the Obama Justice Department declaring its view is that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Obama has come out for gay marriage while claiming its legal status should be left to the states to decide. However, he has not said whether he believes Prop 8 crosses the line into unconstitutionality — a position that can coexist with believing the states should ultimately decide these questions. Some gay advocates would like to see this because they believe it will help push the Supreme Court to issue a broad ruling along those lines. The White House won’t say what it will do with regard to the case.