Obama says U.S. needs to end ''patchwork system'' when it comes to gay marriage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday (February 11) he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will remove the "patchwork system" of separate laws pertaining to gay marriage in the United States. "It doesn't make sense for us to now have this patchwork system and that it's time to recognize that, under the equal protection clause of the United States, same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else," Obama said. The comment from the president comes as the fight over gay marriage intensifies in the southern state of Alabama. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a strong signal in favor of gay marriage, refused on Monday to grant a request by the state's Republican attorney general to keep the weddings on hold until the high court decides later this year whether laws banning gay matrimony violate the U.S. Constitution. But the conservative chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, ordered state judges to defy the ruling and uphold the state's gay marriage ban.