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