In a White House press briefing Monday, Press Secretary Gibbs fielded some questions regarding the DOMA brief and White House Staff Secretary Lisa Brown's remarks regretting the arguments made in the brief.
Q Robert, on the issue of the DOMA brief, one of your colleagues over the weekend, Lisa Brown, said that she didn't think some of the language that was in that brief should have been in there. Can you clarify from last week whether that brief was clear here at the White House, whether it represents the White House's view?
MR. GIBBS: Lisa is the Staff Secretary. You didn't ask her?
Q It wasn't a press conference; it was a panel discussion. But can you clarify whether it was cleared --
MR. GIBBS: I don't know the answer to that.
Q And do you know if there is any discussion underway about maybe modifying it or changing it?
MR. GIBBS: Not that I'm aware of.
I wouldn't expect the Administration or the DOJ to modify the brief. That would completely undermine their authority. However, a public statement addressing the thorny arguments in the brief would be a step in the right direction, or an explanation behind the logic in using them.