Obama Unclear Over Repeal of Marriage Act

The first "Gay President" says DOMA is unconstitutional


Just days after President Obama reversed his stance on gay marriage, he is facing questions over whether he will actively pursue a repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a law that he has already instructed the Justice Department to essentially ignore.

The administration has long since stopped defending challenges to the act, but Obama said any further action on DOMA would be up to Congress.

“Congress is clearly on notice that I think it’s a bad idea,” Obama said during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” Monday.

“This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign, because you’ve got Gov. Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can’t have same-sex marriages,” Obama said.

Asked by host Barbra Walters if his administration planned to fight federal laws that limit marital rights between gays and lesbians, Obama only said, “We don’t think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional.”

“This is something that historically had been determined at the state level and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren’t sufficient, and I’ve been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same-sex couples, was partly because of the issue of Social Security benefits and other laws,” Obama said.

Prior to last week, Obama had long said he did not believe in gay marriage. During his 2008 campaign, he was specific on the issue, but he also said he opposed a constitutional ban and DOMA.

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