Legal experts are prognosticating on how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on marriage equality cases based on oral arguments this week, but don’t look to the White House for an assessment.
Under questioning from the Washington Blade, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to say on Thursday whether President Obama is confident justices will strike down California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
“It was about a year ago that I was actually standing at this podium in this room, where people were warning of the terrible argument that had taken place before the Supreme Court in defense of the President’s Affordable Care Act — people warning that the Supreme Court was poised to strike down that in a pretty decisive fashion based solely on the arguments that were made by the attorneys, and by the questions that were posed by the justices,” Earnest said. “Those predictions demonstrated how unwise it is to make predictions about the outcome of Supreme Court cases based solely on the arguments that were presented orally, so I don’t want to judge, or prejudge, or predict what the Supreme Court’s ruling will be when it’s announced later this summer.”
Earnest similarly dodged when asked if Obama would welcome a ruling from the Supreme Court that would institute marriage equality throughout the country.
“Again, I don’t want to get into parsing how the president would respond to possible decisions that are offered by the justices, so when we get an announcement of a decision from them later this summer, you can expect a reaction from us,” Earnest said.
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