January 22, 2015 / 10:48 PM / 3 years ago

Obama says hopes Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he hoped the Supreme Court would issue a ruling that would prevent states from banning gay marriage when it rules on the issue later this year.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The court last week agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage. Obama has said previously that he is in favor of allowing same-sex couples to wed.

“I‘m hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision,” Obama said during an interview on YouTube.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler

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