Transcript for What's Your Verdict: A Right to Gay Marriage?
I'm -- on devote and I covered legal issues for ABC news. The fact that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the gay marriage cases puts President Obama in somewhat of an awkward position. In an interview last may with ABC news the president confessed that he -- about on the issue of same sex marriage and -- -- now compass personally support it. It is important for me to go ahead and a farm. That. I think same sex couples should be able to get -- Now the Supreme Court has taken -- two very different cases. -- -- has to do with the defense of marriage act the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman and denies federal benefits to gay couples would legally married in their state. The president has been crystal clear that he thinks that that law is unconstitutional. We consider that a violation of the equal protection clause. But he's never weighed in on the second case regarding proposition eight California's ban on same sex marriage. This case -- a much broader question should states be able to ban same sex marriage under the constitution. Right now only nine states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage President Obama suggested to ABC news that that issue should be left up to the states. This is an issues that is going to be worked out at the local level because historically this has not been a federal issue. What's recognized as a marriage. Some gay rights groups hope the president stressed his Justice Department to submit a friend -- the court brief in the case and declare that proposition eight is unconstitutional. What do you think do you think that this issue should be left up to the states. -- should President Obama say that there's a fundamental right to gay marriage what's your verdict you.
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