White House responds to N.C. anti-LGBT amendment

Washington Blade political reporter Chris Johnson reached out to the White House following today’s passage of an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment in the North Carolina Senate.

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White House spokesperson Shin Inouye issued a statement to the D.C. newspaper. Johnson reports:

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“The President has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples,” Inouye said. “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.”

Inouye continued, “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.”

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Apex, N.C., and speak at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on Wednesday.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.

One Reply to “White House responds to N.C. anti-LGBT amendment”

  1. Mr. Inouye,
    This is a little bit late.
    I also doubt it helps anyway, since those people who voted for this piece of garbage probably don’t care what the President thinks. They probably think he is a Muslim and born in Timbuktu. Heck, do they even know that Hawaii is a state?

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