President Barack Obama has said he
cannot see a gay marriage ban passing constitutional muster.
Speaking to ABC News' George
Stephanopoulos, Obama was asked whether gay men and lesbians had a
constitutional right to marry.
“Well, I've gotta tell you that, in
terms of practical politics, what I've seen is a healthy debate
taking place state by state, and not every state has the exact same
attitudes and cultural mores,” Obama answered. “And I, you know,
my thinking was that this is traditionally a state issue and that it
will work itself out.”
“On the other hand, what I also
believe is that the core principle that people don't get
discriminated against, that's one of our core values. And it's in
Stephanopoulos pressed the president,
asking if he could imagine a circumstance under which a state's gay
marriage ban could pass constitutional muster.
“Well, I can't personally. I
cannot,” Obama said.
“That's part of the reason I said,
ultimately, I think that same-sex couples should be able to marry.
That's my personal position. And, frankly, that's the position
that's reflected in the briefs that we filed in the Supreme Court,”
Obama added, referring to the Supreme Court case challenging
Proposition 8, California's 2008 voter-approved amendment defining
marriage solely as a heterosexual union.
Portions of the interview will be
broadcast on Good Morning America and Nightline.