WATCH: Obama Talks to MTV About Marriage Equality and DOMA
On Friday, Barack Obama tackled all sorts of tough questions from young voters during “Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview With the President,” including whether he had a “game-changing idea” to lower the cost of higher education and his stance on stricter gun-control laws.
And the tough questions didn’t let up: Obama was asked whether his administration would continue in the tradition of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act and work to ensure the rights of same-sex couples. While the president has already repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” and spoken out in favor of same-sex marriages, he told MTV News’ Sway Calloway that he believes the issue is best left to the states and the courts to decide.
“The courts are going to be examining these issues. I’ve stood up and said I’m opposed to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act … I’ve said that’s wrong, [and] there are a couple of cases that are working their way through the courts, and my expectation is that Defense of Marriage Act will be overturned. But, ultimately, I believe that if we have that conversation at the state level, the evolution that’s taking place in this country will get us to a place where we are going to be recognizing everybody fairly.”
Watch the segment right here on ELIXHER.