U.S. President Barack Obama endorses same-sex marriage

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

President Barack Obama has officially endorsed gay marriage nation wide in the United States. The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of couples who are making challenges in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee , calling state bans on same-sex marriage incompatible with the Constitution.

In the brief, Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr stated: “The marriage bans challenged in these cases impermissibly exclude lesbian and gay couples from the rights, responsibilities and status of civil marriage. The states have burdened petitioners in every aspect of life that marriage touches, from the mundane to the profound.”

The brief marks the first time Obama’s administration has formally made a filing with the high court supporting its position that bans on gay marriage should be declared unconstitutional nationwide.

The court will hear arguments in the state cases on April 28.

Obama has through the years, expressed his support for same sex marriages, saying at his 2013 inauguration that:

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”