May 15th, 2012
04:36 AM ET

Obama talks same-sex marriage on "The View"

Last week, Barack Obama went on record as the first American president to support same-sex marriage, but he doesn't appear ready to take his commitment beyond the endorsement stage.

In an interview scheduled to air Tuesday on ABC's "The View," Obama wouldn't commit to fighting for the the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - a federal law that defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.

"My justice department has said to the courts, we don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional," the president said in advance excerpts released by the network. "This is something that historically had been determined at the state level and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren't sufficient."

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  1. banasy©

    Let the Obama bashing begin!
    I'm sure Whoopee wil have a question or five for him.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    Marriage is an agreement between 1 man 1 woman and 1 God. government has no place in that agreement. God destroyed the cities of sodom and gammorha for a reason. where do you think the word sodomy comes from?

    May 15, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    being gay is a mental illness comparable to adhd or bipolar disorder. its a chemical imbalance in the brain. it can be fixed the same way adhd is fixed – by putting them in special ed and force feeding them medication. THATS CALLED EQUAL RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mr Dalloway

    He's one of the greatest presidents America has ever had.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ Mr Dalloway:
      I agree with you completely: Obama is one of the greatest presidents America has ever had.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Oh, Whoopie is horrible. What a miserable racist person she is.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. hamsta

    Dont worry history will name obama as the worst and most unamerican president ever.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |