In a rare interview Wednesday with the gay media, President Obama rejected the notion that he's lukewarm on gay rights.

When asked by Joe Sudbay of the gay blog Americablog whether he believes “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” is unconstitutional, Obama detoured into a discussion about his support for gay rights.

“It's not a simple yes or no question,” Obama answered. “And I've got to be careful, as president of the United States, to make sure that when I'm making pronouncements about laws that Congress passed I don't do so just off the top of my head. … I think 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is wrong. I think it doesn't serve our national security, which is why I want it overturned.”

Obama rejected the claim by some gay rights leaders that he's lukewarm on repeal, adding that he's been as supportive as possible “given that Congress had explicitly passed a law designed to tie my hand on the issue.”

“And so, I'll be honest with you, I don't think that the disillusionment is justified.”

On the issue of gay unions, Obama reiterated his support for civil unions, not marriage, but added that it's an issue “I think a lot about.”