While his administration has put out statements on the idea of repealing the 1996 federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it’s unusual for Obama to call for its repeal.

He did so Monday as one of a list of policy goals for what he hopes will be a second term, along with passing the immigration legislation known as the Dream Act, reforming Wall Street and investing in schools.

“We have never gone wrong when we expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody,” Obama said. “That doesn’t weaken families, that strengthens families.”