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Obama on California Gay Marriage Ban

Obama Speaks Out Against California's Gay Marriage Ban

Today, President Barack Obama spoke out at an impromptu news conference against California's Proposition 8 ballot measure that bans gay marriage. He said that Prop. 8 "doesn't provide any rationale for discriminating against same-sex couples other than just the notion, 'Well, they're same-sex couples.'" Obama's remarks come a day after his administration issued a brief urging justices to overturn California's gay marriage ban. The president said, "I felt it was important for us to articulate what I believe and what this administration stands for."

Obama went on to say that since the brief was specifically about California, it didn't explicitly argue that gay marriage should be legal in every state. "That's an argument that I make, personally," he said. "The court may decide that if it doesn't apply in this case, it probably can't apply in any case. There's no good reason for it."

This is an important milestone, as Obama's comments could influence the Supreme Court's decision on the Prop. 8 case — which will be argued March 26 — causing a domino effect with the seven other states that give gay couples the benefits of marriage through civil unions or domestic partnership without allowing them to wed.

In the past, Obama has held a stance that the legalization of same-sex marriage should be decided by the states, but he's become bolder with his backing of the cause since officially voicing his support of gay marriage in May of last year. In his State of the Union address last month, Obama referenced his stance on gay rights, saying, "It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country — the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love."

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