President Barack Obama stayed “on message” Wednesday while in Raleigh focusing on passage of the American Jobs Act. But the White House did issue a statement denouncing the proposed anti-gay marriage amendment that passed the Republican-led General Assembly this week, and will be on the North Carolina ballot next May.
According to the Washington Blade, White House spokesman Shin Inouye issued this response:
“The President has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples. That’s why he has called for repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and determined that his Administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in the courts. He has also said that the states should determine for themselves how best to uphold the rights of their own citizens.
“While the President does not weigh in on every single action taken by legislative bodies in our country, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples. The President believes strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.”