White House Anticipates More Questions for Obama on 'Personal' Gay Marriage Views, Won't Comment For Him
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was questioned again by reporters today on President Obama's 'evolution' on marriage:
Q On the gay marriage issue, Jay, has the intensity of interest in this and the statements from some of the President's supporters led him to consider clarifying his position? And considering that his views are evolving, does he want to maybe consider his views more thoroughly?
MR. CARNEY: Well, I don't have a readout of any conversations involving the President on that issue. I can tell you that I'm sure it is the case that he will be asked again at some point when he gives interviews or press conferences about this issue, and I'll leave it to him to describe his personal views.
I think it's important to note, as I attempted to do yesterday, that what is abundantly clear is this President's firm commitment to the protection of and securing of the same rights and obligations for LGBT citizens as other Americans enjoy. He has been a strong proponent of LGBT rights, and I think that's demonstrated by his record, which is unparalleled, as President in support of those rights.
Q Jay, you said yesterday on this issue in reference to Vice President Biden's remarks and the President's, that the President's personal views obviously were evolving, and you stressed the personal views. I guess is there maybe a disconnect between his policies and his personal views in terms of maybe his policies are ahead of his personal views on this?
MR. CARNEY: No, I don’t think so. I think the President's absolute commitment to the rights of LGBT citizens demonstrated by the path he took to ensure the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the opposition that he and his administration have expressed towards DOMA and the fact that he believes it ought to be repealed. It is also the case that the President and the Attorney General believe that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, which is why the federal government no longer defends Section 3. And from hate crimes legislation to hospital visitation rights, the list of accomplishments is quite long and I think demonstrates his feelings about, broadly, this issue.
The press gaggle was held aboard Air Force One on the way to Albany, New York where Obama would be meeting with Governor Cuomo.
Q Do you think he'll talk about it with Cuomo considering he's received a lot of plaudits from the LGBT community?
MR. CARNEY: Well, I think -- I don’t know what their conversations will contain. I know that they'll focus on the issue that the President has come to discuss in upstate New York. I think the President has taken a position on some of these state issues, and I think he did on New York and he has in North Carolina. And I think the position he takes has -- the positions he has taken are consistent with his belief that it is wrong to take actions that would deny rights to LGBT citizens or rescind rights already provided to LGBT Americans. And that’s a position that you can fully expect him to maintain.
For a brief time on Wednesday of last week, Obama had been scheduled to be in North Carolina today, where of course, Amendment One is topic #1, the News Observer reports:
The White House initially did not respond to questions about the scheduling snafu but later spokeswoman Joanna Rosholm issued a statement: "Any confusion around today's travel plans is due to an internal miscommunication at the White House. The President will travel to North Carolina again soon."
The alert about the Obama visit came about noon Wednesday and was changed by 5 p.m. The White House's official week-ahead schedule released at the end of last week put the president in New York today, not Asheville.
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Rally at Colorado Capitol Demands House Vote on Civil Union Bill as GOP Stall Threatens to Kill It: VIDEO
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Demonstrators at the Colorado capitol this morning demanded a House vote on the civil union bill, which Republican leadership is threatening to stall.
The bill is scheduled to be heard this afternoon by the House Appropriations Committee, and then head to the floor where GOP leadership will decide whether it will be called up for debate. If it is not heard today on the House floor, Senate Bill 2 is dead.
"All of Colorado is watching," said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, who sponsored the measure in the Senate.
Two Republicans spoke at the rally. Jack Findlaw, who is gay, is the legal counsel for Gov. John Hickenlooper. Mario Nicolais used to work for former GOP Congressman Marilyn Musgrave, and now is the spokesman for the pro-civil unions GOP group, Coloradans for Freedom.
Both urged passage of the bill.
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"McNulty told Out Front Colorado he thinks supporters of the bill should be upset at Democrats, not Republicans, if the bill ultimately dies because there isn't enough time to debate it.
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