WASHINGTON — The Obama administration thinks the Supreme Court should rule that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, according to a brief filed by Justice Department lawyers on Friday. The amicus brief urges the Supreme Court to rule that such bans are “incompatible with the Constitution” because they “exclude a long-mistreated class of human beings from a legal and social status of tremendous import.” The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in April.
Former major league outfielder Billy Bean speaks during a news conference at baseball’s All-Star game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. Major League Baseball has appointed Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) | ASSOCIATED PRESS