The White House has filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage in California.
FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal has details:
The Justice Department brief asks the Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8 - California's ban on gay marriage - and allow same-sex marriages to resume. While it does focus on California, the language used indicates an opinion that laws around the nation barring same-sex marriage are discriminatory.
In California's case, it says a group classified by sexual orientation deserves strict scrutiny and needs protection. But they also write that if gay couples in the state are already allowed to do things together like raise kids and file state taxes, then under the Equal Protection Clause, all persons similarly situated should be treated alike.
Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.
READ a statement from Attorney General Eric Holder:
"In our filing today in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the government seeks to vindicate the defining constitutional ideal of equal treatment under the law. Throughout history, we have seen the unjust consequences of decisions and policies rooted in discrimination. The issues before the Supreme Court in this case and the Defense of Marriage Act case are not just important to the tens of thousands Americans who are being denied equal benefits and rights under our laws, but to our Nation as a whole."