Obama and his staff are considering whether to urge the Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, the AP reports.
Same-sex marriage advocates have been campaigning for months to have Obama file an amicus brief with the court. Last month, a New York Times editorial gave him detailed instructions for this course of action: Obama should "have his solicitor general file a brief in the Proposition 8 case being argued before the Supreme Court in March, saying that California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional."
His support may influence the court, but on its own, it probably won't greatly sway their decision.
The president raised hopes by mentioning gay rights in his inaugural speech, which called for gays and lesbians to be "treated like anyone else under the law." He has until Feb 28, just over a week, to file the brief.