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News Posted on February 27, 2013

Associate Dean Amar Comments on Obama and Same-sex Marriage Cases for SF Chronicle

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, commented for the San Francisco Chronicle on the prospects of the solicitor general filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the same-sex marriage cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court as a demonstration of President Obama's support for same-sex marriage.  Though gay rights advocates have called for Obama to weigh in on the cases, Amar said that a Justice Department brief probably would have little impact on the Justices' thinking.

"In a case like this, where politics have clearly overtaken legal analytics, I really don't think anything the solicitor general files at the direction of a recently re-elected president, who campaigned on the issue, would have any effect ... on any justice," he said.

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law with the UC Davis School of Law, is a national authority in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and remedies. His biweekly column for, a leading provider of online legal information, centers on his expertise in constitutional law.

San Francisco Chronicle