The White House on Tuesday weighed in
on state efforts to undermine the Supreme Court's finding that gay
and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.
White House Press Secretary Josh
Earnest said that legislation seen by critics as allowing
discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
demonstrates that the struggle for LGBT equality “goes on.”
“The president obviously has spoken
warmly and even celebrated the ruling on gay marriage from the
Supreme Court last summer. That obviously was a ruling that the
president thought was the right one and was appropriately regarded as
an historic one. But the president never was under the impression –
and I don't think anybody was – that that would be the end of the
struggle for equality and for justice and for fairness. That struggle
goes on,” Earnest
told reporters as he traveled with President Barack Obama aboard
Air Force One to Georgia.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Monday
rejected a bill approved by lawmakers that sought to protect
opponents of marriage equality. Some lawmakers have said they'll
attempt to override Deal's veto.
“I think there are a number of states
– Indiana certainly comes to mind – that have regretted the way
that they had considered those kinds of policy changes,” Earnest