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Fri., March 1, 2013, 10:07 a.m.

Obama urges high court to reject gay marriage ban

President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago. (Associated Press)
President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago. (Associated Press)

President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago.

WASHINGTON – In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.

The Obama administration’s friend-of-the-court brief marked the first time a U.S. president has urged the high court to expand the right of gays and lesbians to wed. The filing unequivocally calls on the justices to strike down California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure, although it stops short of the soaring rhetoric on marriage equality Obama expressed in his inaugural address in January. Full story.

Any predictions as to how the Supreme Court will rule?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.