Vice President Biden appears to support gay marriage

Vice President Joe Biden says he supports gay marriage and Obama reelection campaign tries to walk the statement back

Vice President Biden appears to support gay marriage
06 May 2012

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign inadvertently stepped into the gay marriage debate today.

Vice President Joe Biden appeared on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ this morning, 6 May, and host David Gregory asked the voluble politician if he was ‘comfortable with same-sex marriage now.’

‘I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another 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,’  Biden said, as reported by Buzz Feed.

Biden’s office insisted he was only speaking for himself, not the Obama administration.

David Axelrod, the president’s close advisor, went on Twitter to say there was no difference at all between Obama and Biden.

‘What VP said-that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights-is precisely POTUS’s position.’

Obama’s ‘evolving’ position on gay marriage has been a political parlor game for sometime. Officially he’s against  marriage equality, but supports civil unions. This has earned him the ire of a number of gay activists and thinkers, who see this position as far distant from the ‘fierce advocate’ for LGBT equality he promised in the 2008 election.

‘Until the president publicly puts his wheels down on the side of full equality, he must be passionately engaged, confronted and protested for maintaining his prejudiced, hurtful public position,’ Dustin Lance Black wrote in a recent issue of The Hollywood Reporter. ‘If his evolution continues to fall short, then those interested in equality in this country must abandon their support. Hope should never become delayed disappointment.’

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