During a Monday afternoon press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that President Obama is proud to officially support the "Respect for Marriage Act," which seeks to repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act."
Video of Carney's announcement, reaction from Courage Campaign, and more after the jump.
Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner broke the big news via his Twitter feed from his seat within the White House briefing.
BREAKING: White House @PressSec says Pres. Obama endorses Respect for Marriage Act.
"The Respect for Marriage Act" will make history in the Senate on Wednesday as the Judiciary Committee begins debating the legislation. It is rare for the White House to endorse legislation that hasn't even passed Committee, so the announcement is rather big.
The Courage Campaign was quick to applaud the endorsement.
"We are delighted that today, on the eve of a historic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, President Obama endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act," said Courage Campaign Chair Rick Jacobs. "It is rare that a White House endorses a bill that has yet to pass first in either the Senate or the House. President Obama’s decision to do so underscores the urgency with which the Defense of Marriage Act must be repealed. His support makes clear to all Americans that the Defense of Marriage Act has no place in our society.
"This morning, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, called me referring to my conversation with the president to say that today was the day and that Jay Carney would announce the White House’s support for the bill. The members of the Courage Campaign are thrilled."
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