Tell Obama to Urge Supreme Court to Overturn Ban on Gay Marriage

Target: President Obama

Goal: To urge Obama to file a brief that urges the Supreme Court to make all state bans on gay marriage illegal.

The Supreme Court will soon decide on the constitutionality of California’s ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, which was a 2008 ballot initiative that overturned a state Supreme Court decision that allowed gay marriage. Journalist Julie Pace from the Associated Press reports that President Obama is “quietly considering” urging the court to overturn the gay marriage ban by filing a brief through the Justice Department. Although the brief would not necessarily create any definitive outcome of the case, the federal government’s opinion does have significant influence in the Supreme Court. The ruling could result in several different ways: the gay marriage ban could be upheld leaving the states to make the decision, the court could rule that gay marriage is legal but only apply it to California, the court could say that civil unions but not marriages are allowed in California and seven other states, or the justices could rule that the ability of states to ban gay marriage is unconstitutional. Because of the legislative and symbolic importance of the case, it is time for President Obama to stand up for millions of LGBTQ Americans in their struggle for marriage equality.

During his political career, Obama has increasingly made clear his personal opinions supporting gay rights but has failed to make any definitive push for marriage equality by the federal government. He made his strongest statement for gay rights during his inaugural address on January 21, 2013 during which he said, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

The majority of Americans now feel similar support for gay marriage. Sign the petition below to urge President Obama to voice his support for LGBTQ Americans by filing a brief that urges the Supreme Court to make all state bans on gay marriage illegal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. President,

As you are aware, the Supreme Court will soon decide on the constitutionality of California’s ban on gay marriage, known as the 2008 ballot initiative Proposition 8 that overturned a state Supreme Court decision that allowed gay marriage. This is a landmark case that could have enormous influence over the lives of millions of Americans, for better or for worse. It could mean the difference between the ability of same-sex couples to share in the celebration and benefits of marriage as heterosexual couples have for centuries, or it could keep LGBTQ Americans in a position of second-class citizenship without equal marriage rights.

We appreciate how vocal you have been on the broad issues of gay rights when expressing your personal feelings on the subject. But now is the time to take more definitive, courageous action by filing a brief that urges the Supreme Court to make all state bans on gay marriage illegal. Do not allow the bigots who support Proposition 8 to sway you towards the wrong side of history. After all, you said it best in your inaugural address: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, than surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

The majority of Americans agree that gay marriage should be legally recognized, and 70 percent of those voters supported you in the 2012 election. Now it is your turn to demonstrate support for your fellow Americans in the LGBTQ communities across the country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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