Could marriage equality become a cornerstone of the 2012 presidential campaign? President Barack Obama’s campaign adviser Robert Gibbs fielded that question on ABC’s This Week. Guest host Jake Tapper asked about a Metroweekly scoop—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s support for a marriage equality component of the Democratic Party’s plank.


Obama campaign adviser and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs

Gibbs was more in-the-dark than noncommittal. “I don’t know the answer to that,” he said.

Here’s how the Freedom To Marry-proposed addition currently reads:

“We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.”

Gibbs claimed he hadn’t spoken with Obama about the proposed addition to the plank.