What Will Obama Rule on Gay Marriage?
President Barack Obama has come out in personal support of same-sex marriage, has encouraged states to recognize the rights of same-sex couples to marry and even led the movement to abolish Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but he has kept mum on whether or not he believes the Constitution gives gay people the right to marry. He may not have that luxury much longer, as the Supreme Court has two upcoming cases that have the potential to be watershed moments in the gay marriage movement. On March 26, the Supreme Court will weigh the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (which forbids the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages). On March 27, they'll tackle the issue of how constitutional gay marriage is, delivering a decisive ruling on California's famous Proposition 8. Although Obama could, theoretically, dodge either of these votes, he is largely expected to weigh in with his official position. If he rules against Prop 8, it will likely mean states will no longer be able to get away with a ban on same-sex marriages ...
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