White House backs gay marriage

2013-03-01 12:42

Washington - US President Barack Obama threw his weight behind gay marriage on Thursday when his administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing California's bid to ban same-sex unions.

The court is to examine the issue at the end of March, when it will study the constitutionality of California's "Proposition 8," a measure approved by referendum in 2008 which outlawed gay marriage in the state.

Obama's Department of Justice filed a brief to the court in support of moves to have the measure overturned, arguing that it violates the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees citizens equal rights.

"In our filing today in Hollingsworth v Perry, the government seeks to vindicate the defining constitutional ideal of equal treatment under the law," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

"Throughout history, we have seen the unjust consequences of decisions and policies rooted in discrimination," he warned.

National importance

"The issues before the Supreme Court in this case ... are not just important to the tens of thousands of Americans who are being denied equal benefits and rights under our laws, but to our nation as a whole."

The gay rights groups which challenged the California law welcomed the White House support, which had been expected since Obama shifted his stance on the same-sex marriage question before his re-election last year.

"President Obama and the solicitor general have taken another historic step forward consistent with the great civil rights battles of our nation's history," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

"The president has turned the inspirational words of his second inaugural address into concrete action by urging our nation's highest court to put an end to discrimination against loving, committed gay and lesbian couples."

  • john.silver.3572846 - 2013-03-01 13:32

    thats wonderful - now could you please stop d*cking around on the economy and get your act together.

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-03-01 14:04

    Its getting worse n worse

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-01 14:05

    Homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of GOD! Another step adding to the downfall of this world!

      Dave - 2013-03-01 14:13

      go buy a plank and smack yourself

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-01 14:19

      Before you condemn people based on a few passages in your holy bible, I suggest you read the rest of that same book which preaches love and acceptance. Your hateful views are adding to the "downfall" of this world.

      Dalean Pieterse - 2013-03-01 14:22

      Go jump off a cliff somewhere please

      DolceLucy - 2013-03-01 14:27

      Dear Alta: your blatant stupidity and hypocrisy is an abomination. Didn't you, only days ago, tell us not to judge Oscar Pistorius? You even went as far as to address the supposed 'hate speech' and yet here you are spewing your hideous ignorance. Uneducated people like you are what's wrong with the world. I hope that God can forgive you. Btw: if I have to spend an eternity in heaven with someone like you- I'd rather not go. THANK YOU.

      simon.berry.925 - 2013-03-01 14:28

      Homosexuality is not a choice Alta, educate yourself.

      Cobus Beukes - 2013-03-01 14:40

      You and your God hate so many people.

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-01 15:25

      Ek voel jammer vir jou Alta.

      Jean Pieterse - 2013-03-02 03:15

      Yes, yes, dear... Aren't you supposed to be leaving?

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-02 08:53

      Alta, so is eating crayfish, mixed fabrics, refusing to marry your rapist, washing the dishes on sunday...

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-03-01 14:32

    i hav a 5yr old son I AM DOOMED

      Barend Briel - 2013-03-04 06:57

      Ek dink jy's so bietjie van die pad af...

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-01 14:40

    I am not judging, I'm stating a fact in the Bible. And if you think it not to be the truth, then well, I guess you will have to smack yourself the day when the good LORD ask you what have you done to better this world. We will then actually see who smacks who. Good luck in in your reply to GOD. Believe me, he will not tolerate your defamatory comments one single bit. Freewill can be a nasty little thing if you use it in the incorrect way. By the way, freewill is a gift from GOD not to use as you wish, but to use according to His will.Think for yourself. Peace out.

      Dave - 2013-03-01 14:46

      Sweetpea, you have a lot of work to do on yourself. You really are clueless If I have to stand next to you that that oh so special line, I think I would be a shoo in compared to hate you spew forth... But hey all the great people are gonna be downstairs, so you can take my place any day

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-01 14:49

      FACT? Fact is that the bible was written by many men, translated from one language to another over thousands of years, then edited heavily by the Roman Catholic Church to suit themselves. It is nothing but a work of fiction at this point in time.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-01 15:04

      PEACE OUT? PEACE? After spreading hate and condemnation you have the cheek to PEACE OUT? Hypocrite!

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-01 15:26

      "Think for yourself"??? OMG the irony is killing me!!!

      hendrikvs - 2013-03-01 15:56

      En daar ry Alta op die ossewa! Arme siel! Mag jou here jou seen met 'n paar gay kindertjies!

      Jean Pieterse - 2013-03-02 03:21

      Interesting... So, only people who believe in the Bible can better this world? Wow. We should let the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians know that they were wasting their time. But thank you Christianity! Yes: thank you for witch trials, crusades and more than a thousand years of dark, superstitious ages.

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-02 08:55

      Tell us again about the FACT of the talking snake...

      Barend Briel - 2013-03-04 06:58

      Smaak my jou tappets raas.

  • Tinkler Lukhozi - 2013-03-01 14:51

    Cha kulungile abenze intandoyabo uyeza umhlawokuphela

  • bearpup - 2013-03-01 15:32

    Georgie Porgie, Pudding and Pie, Kissed the girls and made them cry, When the boys came out to play Georgie Porgie kissed them anyway!

  • David Robert Flack - 2013-03-01 16:17

    Alta Steyn - You clearly living in a bygone era. Its that kind of ignorant thought process of yours that stalls the progress of the human race. If two people love each other, thats all that counts nothing more nothing less.

  • DolceLucy - 2013-03-01 16:59

    Alta, your hypocrisy is astounding. You plead with people to show some humanity in that case and yet, on here, you are willing to call people 'an abomination.' Because the bible tells you so.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-03-01 18:38

    And God created man and woman. They were named Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve!

      DolceLucy - 2013-03-01 19:41

      Mooie Friese achternaam!

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-02 08:57

      "They were named Adam and Eve..." and there is no evidence for them even existing...

  • Mzee The-Ruthless Capitalist - 2013-03-01 19:15

    I have a goat i love it so much nd it loves me 2, we have been intimate 4 a long time now nd i want 2mary it bt ppl call me names nd they say god wil punish me, i want 2mary this Goat coz i love it nd i think i have a ryt 2, *swag* u got 2 love the world

      Jean Pieterse - 2013-03-02 03:13

      Does your goat have status as a legal entity? Does it come visit you in hospital when you are ill (often, I'm sure)? Can it raise a human child, in the eyes of the law? Does it have money, so that it can buy a home with you? How do you know it loves you (perhaps animals and sky fairies talk to you and tell you so)? Does it consent to sex? Does it have an ID number? Your 'analogy' (and I use the term with utmost leniency), is a wonderful example of how the salient points in an argument can't be invalidated by using an analogy that invalidated a completely separate argument (although, I'll admit, your 'analogy' fails to even do that much). You've committed both straw man and unmatched analogy fallacies.

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