In newly released court orders on Friday, the Supreme Court announced that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice U.S. Solicitor General will be allowed to speak in oral arguments in California’s long anticipated Proposition 8 same-sex marriage case which is scheduled for March 26.
“The motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted,” the orders states.
The Justice Department filed a request for speaking time in the oral arguments not long after it filed a legal brief against Prop 8 in which the Obama administration argued Prop 8 should be overturned because laws related to sexual orientation should be subjected to heightened scrutiny, or a greater assumption they’re unconstitutional.
The Obama administration is also participating in litigation against the Defense of Marriage Act pending before the Supreme Court. Oral arguments for that case are set for March 27.