US Education Secretary second administration in two days to express personal view different from President Obama
As President Barack Obama continues officially ‘evolving’ on the issue of gay marriage, a second member of his administration has come out and publicly supported marriage equality.
A day after Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s Meet the Press that he is ‘absolutely comfortable’ with gay people getting married, Education Secretary Arne Duncan did the same when asked about the topic during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday (7 May).
Duncan’s appearance began with this question: ‘Do you believe that same sex men and women should be able to get legally married in the United States?’
Duncan responded: ‘Yes, I do.’
When he was asked if that was the first time he had publicly expressed his view on the issue, Duncan replied that yes, it was. He also added that it was the first time he had every been asked publicly for his position. Prior to Biden and Duncan, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan had publicly expressed support for gay marriage back in November.
Evan Wolfson, president of the LGBT equality group Freedom to Marry said of the steps taken by these members of the Obama administration: ‘Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement this morning adds him to the drumbeat of Obama Administration members coming out in support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Like Vice President Biden, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, former Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney, Laura Bush, and the majority of Americans, Secretary Duncan knows that loving and committed gay couples seek the freedom to marry for the same mix of reasons as other couples: to make a vow to one another, to share life with the person they love, and to protect their families. Standing up for the freedom to marry is not just the right thing to do, it’s the right thing politically, and it’s time for the President to stand on the right side of history.’