President Barack Obama will ask the US Supreme Court to allow gay marriages to resume in California in a brief to be filed by his Justice Department today – the filing deadline.
There had been mounting pressure on Obama to file a brief in the case which challenges the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, a referendum approved by voters in 2008 banning gay marriage.
In recent days, nearly 100 US corporations including Nike, Apple and Facebook have filed briefs as have a dozen US states and more than 100 political and social conservatives.
Reuters reports the administration will file a ‘friend of the court brief’ in support of the two gay couples who are the lead plaintiffs in the case to be heard before the Supreme Court in late March.
Last year, Obama became the first US president in history to publicly come out in support of gay marriage. Then in his inaugural address last month he said: ‘Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.’