Another not-so-pretty moment, but amazingly enough, Gibbs did check into that and the White House responded today with the following statement:
"DOMA is a federal law passed by Congress that precludes uniform federal recognition of same-sex relationships, even those recognized as valid under the law of the state. Because the President believes that this is an issue that should be left to the states, he continues to support the legislative repeal of DOMA."But this does answer the question? Kind of. The question:
"Now that same-sex couples can marry legally in five different states, what is the president doing to make sure those marriages can be recognized at the federal level, and what's the timeline for something like that?"The answer addresses the first part of the question, but not the second, the part about when. So basically, he's repeating his campaign promise without anything substantive to fulfill the promise.
I feel like a teenager who keeps asking his parents for a car and keep hearing, "Sure, sure, we'll talk about it soon." And then never do.
The GLAD case though may force Obama to start talking, and very soon. And I want to know what he has to say.