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Despite Bill Clinton’s Flip-Flop, Barack Obama Remains Opposed to Gay Marriage

Thanks to ABC News’ Jake Tapper. The Advocate‘s Kerry Eleveld, and The Daily Beast‘s Ana Marie Cox, questions about gay marriage continue to fly around the White House’s press briefing room. And with Bill Clinton throwing his hat in the ring of support, it was good enough for a new round of peppering Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Not that we learned anything new. From yesterday’s exchange:

TAPPER: Former President Bill Clinton recently said that he’s basically in support of same-sex marriage. “I think it’s wrong,” he said, “for someone to stop someone else from getting involved in same-sex marriage.” Has President Obama heard these comments? Does he have a reaction? And why is Bill Clinton wrong about this issue?

GIBBS: Well, I’m not going to get into anybody’s opinion — I’m not going to criticize anybody’s opinion, least of all a former President of the United States, on something like this. I am not clear whether the President has seen that. I don’t know where that was from, so I don’t know if the President has seen it.

TAPPER: But President Obama holds a different opinion?

GIBBS: President Obama holds the same opinion he has earlier today.

TAPPER: Which is that same-sex marriage is wrong.

GIBBS: He does not support it. He supports civil unions.

TAPPER: Why does he feel differently than President Bill Clinton?

GIBBS: Because they don’t agree on the issue. (Laughter.) I’ve not obviously spent a lot of —

TAPPER: That’s not really an explanation of why he feels differently. That’s another word for it.

GIBBS: Well, I mean, I’m happy to — I mean, I think the President has answered this question a number of times. I can’t form a basis for why former President Clinton — I’ve obviously not had a conversation with him on this issue, so I don’t know what — it’s hard for me to compare some of this because I don’t have the basis by which he’s making that decision.