Obama Urges Court to Overturn Prop 8

The Obama Administration filed a friend-of-the-court brief Thursday evening unequivocally calling on the Supreme Court justices to strike down California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure banning gay marriage. It marks the first time a U.S. president has urged the high court to expand the right of gays and lesbians to wed. The brief is not legally binding, but the Commercial Appeal reports that the government’s opinion could carry weight with the Supreme Court when it hears oral arguments on Prop 8 in late March.