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Watch: Robert Gibbs Dodges Questions on Obama and Same-Sex Marriage


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attempted to end today's press briefing following a series of questions related to Obama's flip-flopping on same-sex marriage. The questions came from the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson, who asked Gibbs if the President had backtracked on statements he made in support of marriage equality in 1996.

Said Gibbs: "I think there’s a whole host of issues that I would direct you to the campaign on — on different questionnaires and I would again reiterate what the president has said recently on that issue."

Later, Gibbs was questioned by Mediaite regarding tomorrow's State of the Union address and whether Obama would mention DOMA repeal or marriage equality in the speech. Gibbs said he didn't know.

Watch a brief clip of Johnson's exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

More at the Blade...

(clip via joe sudbay)

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  1. But Barry loves us, he really loves us!

    So what if he personally did nothing to pass hate crimes? So what if, after two years in office during which hundreds of gays were needlessly discharged, he's still letting Gates drag his heels on actually implementing repeal of DADT? So what if he's done nothing to keep his promises to fight for passage of ENDA and repeal of DOMA?

    He loves us, he really loves us.

    Posted by: | Jan 24, 2011 3:17:55 PM

  2. Michael, it's called politics and he needs to get re-elected. We ARE moving forward with Obama and we in the gay community need to give the guy a little room. Have you looked at the alternative lately?

    Posted by: brent46 | Jan 24, 2011 3:32:26 PM

  3. Get off your knees, Brent.

    And, yes, I have looked at alternatives—Democratic alternatives to replace this phony on the 2012 ticket.

    Posted by: | Jan 24, 2011 3:38:01 PM

  4. What a shock. BHO has never been an advocate for LGBT equality-not in the past, not in the present, not in the future-not ever- he will applaud the heavy lifters-but go out of his away and unequivocally support us -not so much-
    None of this is news-

    Posted by: nick | Jan 24, 2011 3:56:02 PM

  5. He made a campaign promise to repeal DADT and he did. Give him a break. And let's see what happens in the second term when he has less political pressure on him. I still give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jan 24, 2011 4:00:14 PM

  6. Obama has made it quite clear from the beginning during his campaigning that he does NOT believe in gay marriage, so why is everyone all of a sudden expecting him to address this issue in the State of the Union? He does support civil unions - a position that I agree with 'cause as an agnostic I believe that marriage is a church-thing and should NOT be forced on everyone but debated in that person's respective religious sect.

    Obama has, however, always been a supporter of gay rights and gay issues but takes a calculated approach to get things done - look at the way DADT was handled.

    Stop expecting the world on a plate for doing nothing; don't wait on one man to do the dirty work for you - get out and DO something to get our right recognized. And before the haters tell me to practice what I preach, I did go out and stomped ground to get signatures in support of ENDA and know that it will be passed eventually.

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Jan 24, 2011 4:09:29 PM

  7. Dear Michael, Obama or Romney; Obama or Huckabee; Obama or Palin; Obama or Pawlenty; Obama or Santorum; ect.ect.ect.

    Posted by: plaintom | Jan 24, 2011 5:18:12 PM

  8. Did anyone making comments here watch the clip, or did ou just read the blurb?
    The question was when Obama was a Senator he went on record supporting same sex marriage. When he became a presidential candidate he suddenly opposed it. What caused the change in his opinion?
    That was the question asked, and a completly appropriate question.

    Posted by: The Iron Orchid | Jan 24, 2011 7:24:52 PM

  9. @CARIBTONY: Marriage is not a "church thing." None of the legal benefits or responsibilities of marriage are granted through the church; they are all granted by the state. Plenty of married straight (and now gay) couples aren't at all religious. Whether to have one's marriage sanctioned by the church is up to each couple and their church, should they have one. No one is forced to have a "religious" marriage. No church is forced to marry anyone.

    The truth is, as the questioner states, Obama HAS flip-flopped on the issue, offering support before he was a presidential candidate, withdrawing that support after he was and irrationally putting "God in the mix." More recently he has indicated that he's "evolving" on the issue, the evolution more likely political than anything.

    Given political realities for the next 2 years, any marriage progress is likely to happen in the states (where we can make a difference) or in the courts, though the President could put aside political cowardice and use his bully pulpit if he so chose--not holding my breath before 2012, but stranger things have happened.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 24, 2011 7:51:53 PM

  10. Obama has done what he's going to do with DOMA. Give him his second term simply to keep a Republican out of the White House, and then kick him out in 2016.

    Posted by: Jason 2 | Jan 24, 2011 11:34:53 PM

  11. Get off your knees, Brent.

    And, yes, I have looked at alternatives—Democratic alternatives to replace this phony on the 2012 ticket.

    Posted by: | Jan 24, 2011 3:38:01 PM

    Well Miss Michael I hope Hillary isn't one of them you hypocritical faggot!

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 25, 2011 12:38:47 AM

  12. Ylou guys seem to forget that Barry is a Chicago politician!

    Posted by: wimsy | Jan 25, 2011 9:55:00 AM

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