The U.S. Supreme Court raised the prospect that it will decline to say whether the Constitution gives gays the right to marry, in an argument that revealed a chasm among the justices on one of the country’s most divisive issues.
President Barack Obama’s administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate same- sex marriage in California, calling for broad constitutional protections that ultimately could let gays marry nationwide.
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address has raised hopes among civil rights advocates that his administration will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow gay marriage, at least in California and perhaps nationwide.
California’s voter-approved initiative banning same-sex weddings protects society’s “vital interest” in reproduction and childrearing and shouldn’t be thrown out, supporters of the law told an appeals court.
Backers of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage are seeking to throw out a federal judge’s decision to strike down the voter-backed initiative, saying the judge, who recently disclosed that he’s gay, should have disqualified himself from the case.