Obama continues evolving on gay marriage

Obama with rainbow background BY STEVE WILLIAMS

President Obama this week said in an interview that he can’t imagine an instance where a gay marriage ban could be constitutional. Does this mark a final step in his evolution on gay marriage and is it designed to impact the upcoming Supreme Court cases? President Obama’s administration filed briefs in the two major marriage equality-related cases the Supreme Court will start considering this month, Windsor v United States, which tackles the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth v Perry, the California Proposition 8 case.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC news that was released on Wednesday, Obama was asked whether he could imagine a circumstance where a gay marriage ban could be constitutional. “Well, I can’t, personally. I cannot,” Obama responded. “That’s part of the reason I said, ultimately, I think that same-sex couples should be able to marry. That’s my personal position. And, frankly, that’s the position that’s reflected — in the briefs that we filed — in the Supreme Court.”

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