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Eric Holder: Marriage equality ‘really the latest civil rights issue’

Thursday, February 28, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that marriage equality for gays and lesbians is the next big civil rights issue.

In an interview with ABC News, Holder declined to indicate how the Justice Department will approach the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to California’s Prop. 8 marriage ban, but did address same-sex marriage as an issue.

Eric Holder (AP)

“From my perspective, this is really the latest civil rights issue,” Holder told ABC News. “It is the question of whether or not American citizens are going to be treated with equal protection of the laws. And so with regard to Prop. 8, we’re in the process now of deciding what position we’re gonna take.”

The Obama administration on Thursday is widely expected to urge the Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on gay marriage, a case that could have sweeping implications for the right of same-sex couples to wed.

The administration’s friend-of-the-court brief would not be legally binding but could have some measure of influence on the court when it considers the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 measure in March.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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14 more reader comments:

  1. No.Way.

    For Realz??

    Gee i never THOUGHT of it that way before.

    He’s DA MAN.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:05pm
  2. No shit.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:06pm
  3. What the heck took so long?

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:06pm
  4. Thanks, Mr. Holder!

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:07pm
  5. Conservative minority church leaders REALLY oppose this juxtaposition. Kudos for Obama admin to speak up on it, even if it took a while.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:08pm
  6. Ummm… Yeah. Maybe we have to start marching and demanding OUR rights.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:09pm
  7. People have the right to live however they choose. The only one who has any right to judge is GOD!!! I’m not gay, but my roommates are and they are the BEST friends I’ve ever had in all my 55 years.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:13pm
  8. hardly.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:25pm
  9. It really shouldn’t be an issue. ALL citizens should have equal rights.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:33pm
  10. ggood for him

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:45pm
  11. A country is not truly free until it treats it’s citizens equally. It is no ones business whom others choose to marry.The government has no business being involved in the first place.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:10pm
  12. Trans* rights will come after marriage equality. That will still be left to do.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:08pm
  13. I’d rather not have that clown on our side of any argument.

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:32pm
  14. He is a nut bag. Unreal how many are in office right now. I’m all for equal rights. No matter what. But this guy has so much shit in his mouth that you just can’t believe what he will do next

    Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:43pm