WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal ban on same-sex marriage.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president “long called for a legislative appeal for the so-called Defense of Marriage Act which continues to have a real impact on families.”
The president is “proud to support” the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Carney said.
Huffington Post Reports:
The Obama administration announced in February that it believes the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and would no longer defend it in court.
At the time, Carney said that Obama was still “grappling” with his personal view of gay marriage but has always personally opposed the Defense of Marriage Act as “unnecessary and unfair.”