During the daily press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney was pummelled with questions about Joe Biden’s comments supporting gay marriage on “Meet the Press” yesterday.On Sunday, Biden said he was “comfortable” with the concept of gay marriage and equal rights for gay couples.
On Monday, in a further attempt to clarify those remarks, Carney said that the Vice President Biden was expressing his “personal views.”
“He has his own personal views on the issue, as does the President,” Carney said.
Carney said Biden’s comments caused “a little bit of an overreaction here,” as the press corps fired question after question to him on the issue.
When pressed on the issue, Carney refused to state that Obama shared the same personal feeling that he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage.
One of the areas he was hit hardest was on Obama’s disparity between his refusal to support gay marriage bills but his outright support of multiple states’ attempts to overturn bans on gay marriage. Carney responded by saying that the President believes it’s a state issue.
“States have taken action on this issue. … When that process works, it’s a positive thing,” Carney said.
He added: “His support for LGBT rights is unprecedented and compares favourably to anyone else out there in the political arena.”
The members of the press corps moved onto other topics for a while, but eventually they circled back to the major issue of the day. Carney even got frustrated toward the end of the session, when the reporters continued to pressure him on the “definition of evolving” and further questions on why the President felt a need to clarify Biden’s statements.
“Look, I don’t have an update for you on the President’s personal views,” Carney said.
One reporter said, “The game’s on,” as the press conference ended.
Earlier this morning, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also made a surprise endorsement of gay marriage on “Morning Joe.”
Watch Jay Carney get hammered with questions on the White House’s LGBT stance below:
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