President Asks High Court to Overturn Gay Marriage Ban

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President Obama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage.

His administration submitted a brief Thursday against Proposition 8, the California law approved by more than 7 million residents.

They also called for the high court to take the same step in seven other states that already allow special rights for homosexuals, like civil unions. The president personally signed off on the move.

Will the president's brief have any impact on the Court's decision? Thomas Peters, with the National Organization for Marriage, has that and more, on CBN Newswatch, March 1.

The Obama administration argues that states like Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, and Hawaii do not allow true equality if they don't allow actual marriage.

This marks the first time a U.S. president has urged the high court to expand the right of gays and lesbians to wed.

But it comes as no surprise since Obama announced before the election last year that he now supports same-sex marriage.

In 2008, when a Gallup poll showed 56 percent of Americans opposed same-sex marriages, Obama said, "Marriage is between a man and a woman."

Since then, the president and the major news media have referred to his dramatic shift as an "evolution."

In 2010, he told reporters, "My feelings about this are constantly evolving. I struggle with this."

Then in May of 2012, he finally came out with his new stance, announcing, "I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

He followed up during his inauguration speech on January 21, 2013, stating, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law."

When he first admitted in 2012 that he supports homosexual marriage, the President said he believed the issue should be left up to each state to decide.

Now his administration has argued that decision should be up to the Supreme Court, which will decide whether to redefine marriage for many of those states.

In a well-coordinated effort, opponents of the California ban flooded the justices with friend-of-the-court briefs in recent days.

Dozens of prominent businesses like Apple, Nike, and Facebook, along with more than 100 Republicans like GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, filed briefs supporting gay marriage.

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