White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer suggests President Barack Obama has never supported gay marriage and that a 1996 questionnaire in which he favored the institution was not filled out by him.

Pfeiffer made his comments during a panel discussion with Daily Kos blogger Kaili Joy Gray at Netroots Nation in Minneapolis.

Gray contrasted then-Senator Obama's 1996 response, in which he said that he “favor[s] legalizing same-sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages,” and his position today of supporting civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, then asked: “Is the president going to evolve again and get back to supporting civil rights on gay marriage?”

“If you actually go back and look, that questionnaire was actually filled out by someone else, not the president,” Pfeiffer said. “There was a long debate about this in the campaign.”

“So, it's a fake questionnaire?” Gray interrupted.

“Well, what I was going to tell you is that the president's position has been consistent on this, but what he's said ...”

“Well, hold on a minute, you're saying that this is a fake questionnaire?” Gray asked a second time.

“This was litigated in the campaign,” he responded.

“So, the president has never favored same-sex marriage?”

“The president's position on gay marriage … he has been against it. But he has said that the country is evolving on this and he is evolving on it.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Tracy Baim of Chicago gay weekly Windy City Times denied the claim, telling The Huffington Post, “Even if someone else completed the form, Obama signed it, and never denied subsequent reports of its content.”