White House Steers Clear of Hot-Button Issue

Maine became the latest in a growing number of states and localities trending towards the support of same-sex marriage when that state's governor signed a bill approving it Wednesday.

But the White house isn't wading too far into that issue.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his White House briefing, "Does the president or the White House have a reaction to the governor of Maine signing a same-sex marriage bill?"

GIBBS: "No, I think the president's position on same-sex marriage is -- has been talked about and discussed."

QUESTION: "He opposes same-sex marriage?"

GIBBS: "He supports civil unions."

QUESTION: "Does that mean that he's going to say or do anything against what the citizens of Maine did -- did today?"

GIBBS: "Not that I'm aware of. I think the president believes this is an issue that's best addressed by the states."

But this won't be the last time Gibbs will be asked about the issue. The Washington, DC Council has approved legislation recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Why does that portend extra attention? Because the US Congress has final say over the city's laws and we know how vocal its members can be!