February 17, 2012
BY PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY
Aboard Air Force One
En Route Seattle, Washington
Q Since we’re going to Washington, Washington State legalized same-sex marriage this month. And as you know, Governor Christie is promising to veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage that passed the New Jersey assembly. I’m just wondering what does the President think about Washington State’s decision and then Governor Christie’s vow to veto legislation?
MR. CARNEY: Well, I would say only broadly, as I have said in the past, without weighing into individual states and their actions, that this President strongly supports the notion that the states should be able to decide this issue, and he opposes actions that take away rights that have been established by those states. But I’m not going to comment specifically on individual states.
Q Is his view on same-sex marriage, though, still evolving? Or how would you describe it?
MR. CARNEY: I have no update for you on that.