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Topic - Adam Umhoefer
The Obama administration entered the legal battle over a state gay-marriage law late Thursday, prompting broad praise from gay-rights groups and dismay from supporters of traditional marriage.
A decision about whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a gay-marriage case could come as early as Monday.
Supporters of traditional marriage announced Tuesday they will petition to bring California's Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court after a lower federal court refused to hear an appeal in the case.
The brief filed by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is "a powerful statement that Proposition 8 cannot be squared with the principles of equality upon which this nation was founded," said Adam Umhoefer, executive director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the lawsuit seeking to overturn the law.
"It is an unprecedented call to action by our government that it is time to recognize gay and lesbian Americans as full and equal citizens under the law," Mr. Umhoefer said of the administration's legal brief.