Gibbs Punts on DOMA: “I will have to go check on that….”

Per Pam’s House Blend, we have the Advocate’s Washington Correspondent Kerry Eleveld asking Press Secretary Robert Gibbs when the president is going to keep his campaign promise to seek repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, in order to provide federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married in five (actually six, counting the 18,000 California marriages conducted during the Rainbow Window) states.

KERRY ELEVELD: The President supported the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act during the election. Now that same-sex couples can marry legally in five different states, what is the President doing to make sure those marriages are recognized at the federal level, and what’s the timeline for something like that?

ROBERT GIBBS: I. . . I will have to go check on that. I honestly don’t know the answer to that.

Kerry Eleveld reports:

President Obama took the strongest stance on the Defense of Marriage Act during the 2008 election — calling for full repeal, meaning same-sex marriages performed legally in one state should be legally portable to other states and the federal government should recognize those marriages.

As reported last month, a handful of lawmakers are crafting a bill that would repeal section 3 of DOMA, allowing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages and perhaps even civil unions or strong domestic partnerships.

Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, has said repeal of DOMA is not a legislative priority.

According to the Bay Area Reporter, "The speaker said that her two legislative priorities for the LGBT community are passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the federal hate-crimes bill; the latter was introduced in Congress earlier this month. She indicated action on those items would occur before any effort to repeal DOMA…"

So, when will we see this promise fulfilled — or broken, as the case may be?

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