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White House Offers Little Comment on Prop 8 Decision

White House spokesman Jay Carney offered specific comment on President Obama’s reaction to the federal court of appeals decision ruling Prop 8 unconstitutional.

“I don’t have a comment on litigation in general in this litigation with which we are not a party — or to which we are not a party,” Carney said at today’s daily press briefing. “Beyond that, I can say that the President has long opposed, as you know, divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples.”

Mitt Romney, front runner for the GOP nomination, issued a statement expressing dismay at the ruling and condemning “unelected judges.”

“Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage,” he said. “This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. That prospect underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to preserve our values. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.”