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posted Friday, January 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 02
Gibbs: DOMA repeal 'inordinately challenging'
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Gibbs: DOMA repeal 'inordinately challenging'

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on January 18 that given Republican control of the House, it would be 'inordinately challenging' to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in this Congress.

Gibbs made the remarks in an exchange with the Washington Blade. He also said that while President Barack Obama supports DOMA repeal, the administration is obligated to defend DOMA against two lawsuits in progress.

'We can't declare the law unconstitutional. & Obviously, if you look at what was written, the president enumerates in there & our belief on this law as we balance the obligation that we have to represent the federal government; the president believes, as you said, that this is a law that should not exist and should be repealed, but at the same time we have to represent the viewpoint of the federal government,' Gibbs told reporters.

Gibbs said that the administration is happy with the work they have done for the LGBT community.

'I think we are enormously proud of, and grateful for, the progress we have been able to make,' he said. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' & will be thought of as an achievement not just for this administration, but for all those involved - a monumental achievement in bringing equality and justice back. & Obviously we didn't get everything we wanted to get done done, but we are proud of what we did get done.'

Gibbs also said that he was not aware of any plans for President Obama to mention DOMA or marriage equality in the State of the Union address next week.

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