The Supreme Court has granted a request by the Obama administration for time to argue in support of plaintiffs challenging Proposition 8, California's 2008 voter-approved gay marriage ban.

The court will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry on March 26.

Previous to filing a last-minute amicus brief in the case last month, the administration had not weighed in on the issue.

In its brief, the Department of Justice stopped short of calling on the court to strike down marriage bans nationwide. But its position, that such bans in states where gay couples are recognized but not allowed to marry violate equal protection, affects at least 8 other states where civil unions or domestic partnerships are legal.

According to Equality on Trial, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to grant U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. ten minutes to make his case that Proposition 8 violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

“The motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral arguments as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted,” an order from the court states.

The Department of Justice is also involved in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in that case on March 27.