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|Posted: 2013-03-05 03:23 pm||
Today, President Obama put his inspirational words into action.
For the first time, the U.S. government's official position is that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional.
just filed a brief at the Supreme Court arguing for the first time – in no uncertain terms – that a law denying gay and lesbian couples the ability to marry is unconstitutional.
A victory in this case, which challenges California's discriminatory Proposition 8, would be a decisive point in this movement – one I've been working toward since I helped bring the case as co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. The president's brief brings us one step closer.
Last year, President Obama became our first sitting president to support full marriage equality. Today, he put that support into action. He needs to know that millions of people are with him.
Thank President Obama for standing up against marriage discrimination.
In his second inaugural address last month, the president said our journey is not complete until "the love we commit to one another" is equal as well.
His words inspired a nation, and this amicus brief puts them into concrete action. It argues that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. The Obama administration courageously stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2011, but this brief marks the first time it has weighed in on a state law barring same-sex couples from marrying.
I'm proud to say that President Obama and the U.S. government are standing by our side against Prop. 8.
This move fits within a proud tradition of the United States standing on the right side of history in civil rights cases. Almost 60 years ago, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation case.
Our children will look back on the struggle for equality as the defining civil rights battle of our generation, and President Obama deserves our thanks for playing such a bold role in that struggle.
Please join thousands of others in thanking President Obama for his strong leadership today.
I'm prouder than ever, not only to be an American, but to be part of this movement. You are the source of its strength, and I thank you.
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