Wednesday, June 17, 2009

WH Press Secretary Gibbs Gives Rote Answers to Obama's Views on DOMA Brief

Thanks to, the following transcript of today's White House press conference was made available.

Reporter Jake Tapper asked the following questions to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the DOJ's DOMA brief.

TAPPER: Does the president stand by the legal brief that the Justice Department filed last week that argued in favor the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act?

GIBBS: Well, as you know, that the Justice Department is charged with upholding the law of the land, even though the president believes that that law should be repealed.

TAPPER: I understand that, but a lot of legal experts say that the brief didn't have to be as comprehensive and make all the arguments that it made, such as comparing same-sex unions to incestuous ones, in one controversial paragraph...

GIBBS: Well...

TAPPER: ...that's upset a lot of the president's supporters. Does the president stand by the content, the arguments made in that brief?

GIBBS: Well, again, it's the president's Justice Department. And, again, we have the role of upholding the law of the land while the president has stated and will work with Congress to change that law.
Thanks for clarifying, Gibbs.

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