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Gibbs Unaware of Clinton's Marriage Switch


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday he had not seen former president Bill Clinton's recent remarks on same-sex marriage and had not spoken with President Barack Obama about them.

The Advocate asked, "Over the weekend, former president Clinton came out in full support of same-sex marriage and he called his previous position against it 'untenable.' What does the president think about that?"

Gibbs responded, "I have not talked to him. I did not see President Clinton's comments and I haven't talked directly to [President Obama] about it."

Clinton made his most extensive comments to date on the matter last Friday during a CNN interview.

"I think if people want to make commitments that last a lifetime, they ought to be able to do it," Clinton told Anderson Cooper.

Clinton went on to say that he realized he had been "hung up about the word" marriage.

"I was wrong about that," he said. "I just had too many gay friends. I saw their relationships. I just decided I couldn't, I had an untenable position."

President Clinton's comments have largely been overshadowed by revelations last week that Iran has been hiding nuclear enrichment sites, an ongoing debate between the White House and the Pentagon over whether to commit more troops to Afghanistan, and a health care bill that's still being hashed out in Congress.

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