The Washington Times - March 1, 2013, 12:13PM

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.

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