Preview of Barbara Walters' Interview with Obama on 'The View'

5.14.2012

By Jerry Portwood

He talks about his views on DOMA, his support of same-sex unions, and other domestic issues

Tonight on World News with Diane Sawyer Barbara Walters gave viewers an exclusive first look at President Obama’s interview with the ladies of The View. He talked about a variety of subjects, but was also asked by  Walters about "gay marriage" (does she not realize that she's using the opposition's language) and whether the president would seek to overturn DOMA. While he wouldn't speak to that directly, saying, "We don’t think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional,” he did talk about this in light of his presidential campaign.

“This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign, because you’ve got Gov. Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can’t have same-sex marriages,” Obama said.
The president also reiterated his stance on civil unions. As John Heilemann pointed out in his NYMag piece, Obama had intended to make The View his main point of contact on the subject, but Biden forced him to speak earlier than planned. But he did discuss his position succinctly.
“This is something that historically had been determined at the state level and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren’t sufficient, and I’ve been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same-sex couples, was partly because of the issue of Social Security benefits and other laws,” the president said.

The full interview airs tomorrow morning on The View at 11 a.m. on Tues., May 15.

Watch the preview below.

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