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Obama Believes in Equal Rights for Gays and Lesbians

In a statement released after the New York vote, a White House spokesperson said Obama has "long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples. That's why he has called for repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and determined that his administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in the courts. The states should determine for themselves how best to uphold the rights of their own citizens."

"I think it's important for us to work through these issues because each community is going to be different and each state is going to be different," the president said today. "In the meantime, you know, we've filed briefs before the Supreme Court that say that we think that any discrimination against gays, lesbians, transgenders is subject to heightened scrutiny, and we don't think that DOMA is unconstitutional. So I think that the combination of what states are doing, what the courts are doing, the actions we're taking administratively, all are how the process should work."

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