Openly gay congressman Mark Takano, Democrat of California, whose family has some basic understanding of discrimination as outlined in his letter below, has called on President Obama to file a brief as a Friend of the Court in the Prop 8 case now being considered by the Supreme Court.

There’s a big difference between saying your government won’t enforce the parts of the Defense of Marriage Act you consider unconstitutional and, on the other hand, saying you oppose discriminatory amendments that divide us as Americans against one another. Coming out on the right side of the Prop 8 case shows an affirmative stand in favor of our relationships, not simply a president who is opposed to people ganging up on others.