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White House Asked if Obama is Ready to Endorse Marriage Equality in 'SOTU' Address: VIDEO


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was lobbed a few questions about Obama's 'evolving' position on marriage equality today.

One reporter sarcastically asked whether there are books that Obama reads to help him along on his position. It was followed by a question from Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson, who asked if there was any chance Obama would endorse marriage equality in his upcoming State of the Union address.

Said Carney: “I will not rule anything in or out. I’m just not going to talk about — beyond pointing at his words — his personal views on this. I think his administration’s policies on related issues are there for people to judge.”


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  1. Carney always seems so unhappy with gay questions. So I'm always surprised that they have a Blade reporter in there. But as with Ezra's column, talking about marriage equality in this election means the risk of losing it. So it will not happen.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 20, 2012 3:21:17 PM

  2. I'm not too worried on this: no matter what, Obama will be FAR, FAR better on gay issues than any of the Republicans. I suspect he will push for marriage once re-elected.

    And OT: I think Carney is way hot in those glasses.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 20, 2012 3:35:25 PM

  3. And besides, right now, it really is a state fight. That will force the Federal issue in our favor.

    Please donate to Equal Rights Washington ( I'm planning on testifying in Olympia on Monday.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 20, 2012 3:37:04 PM

  4. Unlike self-styled Conservatives, Obama knows the course of history, he knows where America is going, and he knows how history will remember him and his Presidency.

    term two will be historic for the LGBT Community, and for America.

    President Obama will not allow himself to be on the wrong side of history about this, as so many Republicans will be. But hey, we have people who still think of Jesse Helms as a great American. ugh.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 20, 2012 3:49:25 PM

  5. @ kiwi, spot on as usual. Obama's second term will show who he really is on LGBT issues.

    Posted by: RonTEX | Jan 20, 2012 5:57:26 PM

  6. Kiwi -- how will term two, assuming that Obama gets a second term, be historic for the LGBT Community?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jan 20, 2012 8:33:47 PM

  7. dadt repeal has been fully implemented and the federal government is standing down on defending doma. a great trajectory for a second term.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Jan 20, 2012 10:02:00 PM

  8. COWARD.

    Posted by: Wayne | Jan 21, 2012 6:21:28 AM

  9. He will never 'evolve' while in office. He's already made clear he's for states right to discriminate. The RMA is a REPLACEMENT it is not REPEAL.

    Posted by: chris | Jan 21, 2012 10:06:25 AM

  10. I know we'd all like more to happen on this, but do you really want it to be a campaign issue for 2012? That is the perfect way to turn out the right. As much as they dislike Mittens, they hate Obama more. Let's not hand them another reason to turn out. Let this fly under the radar til the election is over. With no need to be re-elected he can take the gloves off.

    Posted by: Keith | Jan 21, 2012 12:29:01 PM

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