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Obama Believes DOMA Is Discriminatory. But Does He Think It’s Unconstitutional?

I don’t … the president hasn’t to the best of my … I have not heard the president intone what he believes the constitutionality of the law is. I know that he believes the law should be changed. Legal decisions around next steps in that case, I believe, will be made at the Justice Department and I would point you over there to them. Again, the president believes, in this case, and the president believes in the case of “don’t ask, don’t tell” that those are laws that he has believed for quite some time should be changed.

—Press Sec. Robert Gibbs, who’s wholly unaware as to whether Obama equates “discriminatory” with “unconstitiional,” which is fair because sometimes the constitution does let us discriminate! [via]