The White House press release detailing the reasoning is here. Other parties will also certainly press this issue to the SCOTUS. Marriage-equality supporters have long gone from terror that this might happen to welcoming a resolution, one they believe will dump DOMA.
On the other hand, Obama has not joined the bulk of progressive, liberal and centrist Americans who see SSM as the right thing, banning SSM as a violation of civil rights. Oddly and anachronistically enough, he clings to trying to make civil unions into something they are not and frets about whether homosexual marriage is acceptable in light of his very personal religious upbringing.
For a bright guy, that's sad.
Evening Update: Gov. Deval Patrick cheers his friend Obama's decision. Maybe he can convince the Prez to get with the program on real marriage equality. The Globe quotes Patrick as:
I am tremendously heartened today by President Obama’s decision to turn away from this divisive and unfair law. In Massachusetts, we believe that every person ought to be able to marry whomever they love, and we believe the rest of the country is moving forward in that direction, too.
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