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Video: Joe Biden Endorses Marriage Equality

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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.

Needless to say, I am very glad (although not surprised) to see this powerful statement from Vice President Joe Biden on marriage equality, especially when hateful anti-LGBT amendments are on the ballot in places like North Carolina, and when a majority of the American people now favor full marriage equality. Sadly, as always there are reactionary forces in this country who resist any progress, any advancements in social justice, for no good reason whatsoever. And, of course, most of those reactionary forces are now concentrated in one political party – one guess as to which one (hint: it’s not the Democratic Party). Anyway, thanks to Joe Biden for speaking up for GLBT Americans, and for all Americans who subscribe to the view that “all men are created equal.”

  • Mike1987

    Staff backtracked. Pressure from Obama2012 staff.

    “UPDATE: A spokesperson for the vice president emailed over further clarification on the “Meet the Press” remarks, stating in part that Biden had not fully endorsed same-sex marriage.”

    HuffPost

    Sounds like something organized by DPVA.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    The “clarification” put out later seemed to say that Biden’s words, as quoted above, endorse either gay marriage OR civil unions as situations that yield “the exact same rights.”

    “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. That’s why we stopped defending the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges and support legislation to repeal it. Beyond that, the Vice President was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue, after meeting so many committed couples and families in this country.”

    Of course, the “elephant in the room” – not referring to the GOP – is the fact that married heterosexual couples get a pretty big advantage in the tax code by having the “married filing jointly” category in the tax rates. So, gay couples are not “equal” in the tax codes of the federal government or most states.