In an interview with BuzzFeed, President Obama said Tuesday that he welcomes the Supreme Court's upcoming consideration of four cases challenging bans on same-sex marriage as he believes the Court will rule in favor of marriage equality:
“My sense is that the Supreme Court is about to make a shift, one that I welcome, which is to recognize that — having hit a critical mass of states that have recognized same-sex marriage — it doesn’t make sense for us to now have this patchwork system,” Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “It’s time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else.”
President Obama was also asked about the current chaos in Alabama, where the state's Chief Justice Roy Moore has vowed he will go to jail before complying with a federal judge's order striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban:
In the interview, Obama said comparisons to Alabama’s civil rights past — Gov. George Wallace infamously blocked the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963 — aren’t exact, but that the same legal principle is involved.
“I won’t say it’s a perfect analogy, but there’s a core principle here that’s at stake, which is we have a supremacy clause in our Constitution,” Obama said in response to a question about Wallace. “When federal law is in conflict with state law, federal law wins out.”
Asked what the President like to say to Judge Moore? Obama replied, “I think that the courts at the federal level will have something to say to him.”
Watch the interview with the President, AFTER THE JUMP…