White House Press Secretary Gets Lengthy Grilling On Gay Marriage [Video]

141186735 White House Press Secretary Gets Lengthy Grilling On Gay Marriage [Video]

Jay Carney at a White House press briefing in March. (Photo: Getty)

At the daily White House press briefing this afternoon, Press Secretary Jay Carney spent over 20 minutes fielding questions about Vice President Joe Biden’s comment he’s “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights” as heterosexual couples. Mr. Carney reiterated the point made by the President Barack Obama’s campaign advisors that Mr. Biden’s remarks don’t represent a departurefrom the president’s policies on same sex marriage.

“The president is comfortable with same-sex couples, as the Vice President said, being entitled to the same rights and the civil rights and civil liberties as other Americans,” Mr. Carney said. “The record has long been clear that the president opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples.”

Mr. Carney clearly didn’t convince reporters the comments weren’t an attempt by President Obama to test the waters for a potentially new position on gay marriage. They questioned him about the issue for 21 minutes of the 41 minute press conference.

ThinkProgress produced a compilation video showing all the marriage-related moments in Mr. Carney’s presser. Watch that clip below.