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Gibbs Dodges Marriage Again

Gibbs Dodges Marriage Again


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dodged another question Monday on President Barack Obama's changed stance on marriage equality.

Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade asked about the president's 1996 statements where he expressed his support for full marriage equality. He has since reneged on those views, and says he backs civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

"I was not with the president in 1996," Gibbs said Monday. "I was younger and thinner back then -- same shoe size. I would simply say that throughout the campaign of 2004 and the campaign of 2008, he's made his position clear on that."

Johnson asked similar questions last week at a White House press briefing.

Gibbs also said he would not speculate on whether the president's view will change in anticipation of his reelection campaign in 2012.

"I think we've seen this president be clearly committed to issues of equality and justice...I can't speak to 2012. I can speak to 2011 as a year in which a policy like "don't ask, don't tell" will end.

Watch the exchange below:

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