President Barack Obama is opposed to gay marriage ban Prop 8, but he is not ready to endorse marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Obama has previously said he favors civil unions for gay couples and is “evolving” on marriage.

When asked the president's opinion on Tuesday's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, as unconstitutional, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would only say that the president's views were well known.

(Related: Court says gay marriage ban Prop 8 violates 14th Amendment.)

“Well I don't have any update for you on that particular issue with regards to the president's views [on gay marriage],” Carney told Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson.

“I can tell you that divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples is something that this president has long opposed. … That's an important point to make. That these are proactive, deliberate efforts to deny benefits and to be discriminatory.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)