Posted: Mar 1, 2013 2:51 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration wants the Supreme Court to overturn California's gay marriage ban, outlining a broad legal argument that could ultimately be applied to other state prohibitions.
The administration's friend-of-the-court brief unequivocally calls on the justices to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure. But it stops short of the soaring rhetoric on marriage equality from President Barack Obama's inaugural address.
The brief is not legally binding, though the government's opinion could carry weight with the Supreme Court.
California is one of eight states that give gay couples all the benefits of marriage through civil unions or domestic partnership but don't allow them to wed. The brief argues that in granting same-sex couples those rights, California has already acknowledged that gay relationships bear the same hallmarks as straight ones.
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