Last May, President Obama announced his support for gay marriage and said that states should individually tackle the issue. In his Inaugural Address, he alluded to taking a more national solution. Obama recognizes that the states are each working on solutions at their own rates. United States v. Windsor is a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage as a union between a man and woman. In history, marriage laws have always been left up to the states. Obama said that the DMA "tried to federalize what has historically been state law." Another case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, will seek to overturn California's Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage. Obama said, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commute to one another must be equal, as well," in his Inaugural Address.
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