Obama Props Up the Case Against 8

US Justice Department to file brief in Supreme Court Case

Obama Props Up the Case Against 8

President Barack Obama appears to be returning the favor to the broad support LGBT Americans provided in his re-election effort. Today the White House confirmed that the United States Department of Justice will file a brief in support of overturning California's Proposition 8 – which banned same-sex marriages in the state.

Although previously the administration has held firm that marriage equality falls under the domain of states, increasingly the administration has changed their argument. Recently Atty. Gen. Eric Holder referred to marriage equality as “really the latest civil-rights issue.”

The White House support will be the latest in a deluge of briefs urging the Supreme Court to strike down the law. Earlier in the week, a group of conservative leaders (and Clint Eastwood) surprised many by making their support of marriage equality official. On Wednesday, 278 cosigners – including major companies like Apple and Citigroup – filed a separate brief calling for an end to Prop 8. Bubbly right-wing debutante Peter LaBarbera of hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality predictably called the push a "a tool of repression against Christians and people of faith," at least getting the "tool" part right.

Got something to say? The Chronicle welcomes opinion pieces on any topic from the community. Submit yours now at austinchronicle.com/opinion.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More News
The AggreGAYtor: June 1
The AggreGAYtor
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.

David Estlund, June 1, 2015

The AggreGAYtor: May 29
The AggreGAYtor
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.

David Estlund, May 29, 2015

More by Brandon Watson
My Obsession: Therapy With Nineties Supermodels
My Obsession: Therapy With Nineties Supermodels
Escape via the long gay tradition of diva worship

Sept. 15, 2017

Review: Holy Roller
Review: Holy Roller
The personal is edible at Callie Speer’s new hot spot

Sept. 8, 2017


News, President Obama, Marriage Equality, Prop 8

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle