The country’s highest court announced earlier this month that it would take up a same-sex marriage case that could bring equal marriage to all 50 states.
Attorney General Eric Holder has already confirmed that his office will submit a brief urging the court to strike down bans on same-sex marriage.
President Obama was asked about the case in an interview with YouTube star GloZell Simon.
He said: “We’ve done a lot to push it along. I announced my beliefs that same-sex marriage should be legal, that people should be treated the same.
“We argued against the Defense of Marriage Act, that was treating same-sex couples differently.
“The Supreme Court now is going to be taking on a case.
“My hope is that they go ahead and recognize what I think the majority of people in America now recognise, which is that two people who love each other and are treating each other with respect and aren’t bothering anybody else… why would the law treat them differently?
“There’s no good reason for it. I’m hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision, but I will tell you, people’s hearts have opened up on this issue.
“People know that treating folks unfairly, even if you disagree with their lifestyle choice, fact of the matter is they’re not bothering you.
“Let them live their lives and under the law they should be treated equally and as far as me personally, just to see all the loving gay and lesbian couples that I know who are great parents and great partners, the idea that we wouldn’t treat them like the brothers and sisters that they are, that doesn’t make any sense.”
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