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Obama says support for repeal of gay marriage ban is 'important'

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President Obama said Friday his administration supports repealing California’s ban on same-sex marriage because “it’s important” to stand up for equality for gay couples.

“The basic principle is, let’s treat everybody fairly, let’s treat everybody equally,” he said.

SEE RELATED: Gay-rights groups giddy over Obama’s challenge to California’s gay wedding ban

The Justice Department Thursday filed a brief with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the state’s Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex marriage.

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