Appearing on ABC's 'The View' this morning, President Obama would not say whether or not he would try to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 federal law which states marriage is a legal union of a man and a woman, and also say that states are not required to recognize a gay marriage from another state. (video below).
President Obama 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."
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President Obama may not have to repeal DOMA as his Department of Justice has refused to defend it in court challenges. Some political observers say that President Obama will let Attorney General Eric Holder take the heat for DOMA's demise.
President Obama added: "Mitt Romney has said he wants a constitutional amendment. That federalized the whole issue. He would defend the Defense of Marriage Act. So there are real differences here."