Obama May Urge Supreme Court to Overturn Prop 8

The President is considering filing a "friend of the court" brief. But would it make a difference?

Here’s the gist:

The Washington Post reports that President Obama is considering filing a “friend of the court” brief, which would urge the Supreme Court to overturn California’s Proposition 8 when they consider its constitutionality on March 26. This surely sounds like great news, but would it make a difference? The Post says:

An administration brief alone is unlikely to sway the Justices but the federal government’s opinion does carry weight with the court.

A final decision on whether to file a brief has not been made, a senior administration official said. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is consulting with the White House on the matter, said the official, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to address the private deliberations publicly.

While the Justice Department would formally make the filing, the president himself is almost certain to make the ultimate decision on whether to file.

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