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BREAKING: Joe Biden Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Posted by on May. 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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BREAKING: Joe Biden Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the highest ranking American official to back marriage for gay and lesbian people. His comments signify a split within the Obama administration and may pave the way for President Obama — who says he supports civil unions and is still evolving on the matter — to also embrace equality.

Biden made his remarks during an appearance on Meet the Press, telling host David Gregory that he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women.” He added, however, that “the President sets the policy” and did not say if he would support marriage in a second term. Biden credited the change-of-heart to the show Will & Grace, which aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006 and featured numerous gay characters:

GREGORY: Have your views evolved?

BIDEN: The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they are marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. [...]

GREGORY: You’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?

BIDEN: Look, I am Vice President of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights. All the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that. [...] I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that is different and now they’re beginning to understand.

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Biden has backed equal rights for the LGBT community throughout his career, but this is the first time he has publicly acknowledged his support of full marriage rights.

In December of 2010, Biden predicted, “I think the country’s evolving and I think there’s an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.”

But when asked if he supports gay marriage during the 2008 Vice Presidential debate Biden was far more circumspect, saying, “No. Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that.” He even sought common ground with Sarah Palin on the issue and noted that both believe that “there should be no civil rights distinction, none whatsoever between a committed gay couple and a committed heterosexual couple.”

Since that performance, the administration has touted its accomplishments on behalf of the LGBT community — from the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to its refusal to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Yet Biden’s support for marriage could excite the LGBT community — many of whom have recently expressed outrage over Obama’s unwillingness to issue an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination in federal contracting — just ahead of the 2012 election.

Obama first told blogger Joe Sudbay that “attitudes evolve [on marriage equality] including mine” in October of 2010 and the administration last commented on his position during a press gaggle on March 30, 2012. “I don’t anticipate that the President would make news on [marriage equality],” Press Deputy Josh Earnest told a reporter en route to Burlington, Vermont when asked about Obama’s “evolving position.”

Gay and lesbian couples can wed in six states and the District of Columbia. Washington and Maryland both passed same-sex marriage laws in 2012, but they are currently being challenged by voter referenda.

UPDATE

The campaign is trying to walk back Biden’s remarks:


UPDATE

Politico notes that a Biden spokesperson has issued this statement: The Vice President “was saying what the President has said previously-that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights.” Read the full statement here.

UPDATE

Winnie Stachelberg, the Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress, says: “We commend Vice President Biden for supporting marriage equality and call on President Obama to do the same. The campaign shouldn’t force Biden’s comments back into the closet, but should instead embrace the growing popular support for the freedom to marry.”

UPDATE

Will & Grace star Debra Messing praises Biden:


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denise3680
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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That is fantastic.  Every person deserves equal rights.  Being gay should not limit your right to legally marry the person you love.  I hope that stupid "religous based" law gets changed. 

m3lissa_16
by Member on May. 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I am glad he is willing to come forward and show his support, even in the midst of a presidential election.

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on May. 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM


jadedcynic
by Nerdilicious on May. 6, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I don't know why every VP is either painted as dumb or evil. Biden was a highly respected Senator before he became VP. It has only been since 2008 that people have considered him dumb.

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by Gold Member on May. 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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I thought this was going to be something about Biden saying "I promise you, Obama has a big stick"  LOL

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by Gold Member on May. 6, 2012 at 9:11 PM


Quoting jadedcynic:

I don't know why every VP is either painted as dumb or evil.

It reminds me of a joke:  A woman had two sons, one of whom went to sea and one of whom was elected vice president; neither was ever heard of again wink mini

joey125
by Silver Member on May. 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Good for Joe  and who knows if President Obama has a big stick lol that was funny  a quote from Roosevelt "speak softly and carry and big stick, "   only dirty minds think its dirty lol    On second thought he may just have a big stick,    

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by Gold Member on May. 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM


Quoting joey125:

Good for Joe  and who knows if President Obama has a big stick lol that was funny  a quote from Roosevelt "speak softly and carry and big stick, "   only dirty minds think its dirty lol    On second thought he may just have a big stick,    

wink mini

TR is one of my favs so I knew where the quote came from.   Who knows about his big stick.. I bet the people who air brushed Al Gore (or was it John Kerry) are available to spiff up his "package" if needs be. big smile mini

(now I am going to have to go find which one it was.. dang you for making me go off on a tangent!)

joey125
by Silver Member on May. 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

lol

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by Silver Member on May. 6, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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