What Is Obama's Stand on Polygamy? WH Spokesman Won't Answer

August 1, 2012 - 8:49 AM

(CNSNews.com) - "How does the president stand on polygamy?" White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked -- seriously -- on Tuesday by Les Kinsolving, the World Net Daily correspondent.

"Kristen," Carney said, calling on another reporter.

"How does he stand on polygamy? Could you answer that question?" Kinsolving persisted.

"Kristen," Carney repeated.

"So you want to dodge that issue," Kinsolving concluded.

In May, in a pre-election change of heart, President Obama said he now believes that same-sex couples should have the right to legally marry each other.

“I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News's Robin Roberts.

The president said that in conversations with his daughters, he realized he didn't want to explain "why somebody should be treated differently when it comes to eyes of the law.”

Some conservatives have argued that legalizing homosexual marriage -- re-defining an institution that has sustained societies through the ages -- is a slippery slope:

"It is no more 'discrimination' to bar marriage to a person of the same sex than it is to bar marriage to a person who is already married, a close blood relative, or a child. If same-sex 'marriage" is legalized, we can be certain that a push for polygamy will not be far behind," the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg wrote in October 2011.

For the record, then-White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked in February 2010 if President Obama believed the armed forces should begin recruiting polygamists.

"Say yes," the reporter said, prompting laughter in the press room.

Gibbs demurred: "I don't have anything on that," he responded.

Ten months later, President Obama signed a law repealing the ban on open homosexuals serving in the military.