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May 4, 2015

Joe Biden: 'It’s that fundamental'

When gauging the potential significance of the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on gay marriage, US Vice President Joe Biden looks back to 1954.

The was the year the high court handed down a landmark decision that ended racial segregation in US schools.

Biden brought up the upcoming decision on marriage equality over the weekend at the OutGiving conference in Dallas, Texas. Among those in attendance was Mary Bonauto, the civil rights attorney who argued for same-sex marriage before the court last week.

April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

March 7, 2015

We have to pass the federal nondiscrimination legislation, and we need to pass it now'

The Human Rights Campaign had a special, and important, guest at its Spring Equality Convention: US Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democrat spoke to the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization yesterday, 6 March.

In the speech, Biden noted the struggle for LGBTI equality is part of the larger work for human rights.

March 7, 2015

We have to pass the federal nondiscrimination legislation, and we need to pass it now'

The Human Rights Campaign had a special, and important, guest at its Spring Equality Convention: US Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democrat spoke to the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization yesterday, 6 March.

In the speech, Biden noted the struggle for LGBTI equality is part of the larger work for human rights.

February 13, 2015

Watch the VP's unfortunate slip-up here

We love Joe Biden for he is somewhat prone to the odd slip-of-the-tongue.

During a speech at Drake University in Iowa yesterday (12 February), he said something strange, but didn't actually correct himself.

'And Neil Smith, an old butt buddy, are you here Neil?' Biden said.

'Neil, I miss you, man. I miss you.'

Smith is a 94-year-0ld who served in the House of Representatives while Biden was in the Senate.

Watch the video below:

February 13, 2015

Watch the VP's unfortunate slip-up here

We love Joe Biden for he is somewhat prone to the odd slip-of-the-tongue.

During a speech at Drake University in Iowa yesterday (12 February), he said something strange, but didn't actually correct himself.

'And Neil Smith, an old butt buddy, are you here Neil?' Biden said.

'Neil, I miss you, man. I miss you.'

Smith is a 94-year-0ld who served in the House of Representatives while Biden was in the Senate.

Watch the video below:

June 25, 2014

US Vice President has joined White House national security adviser Susan Rice in calling out countries that criminalize LGBTI people - saying human rights must be universal and not trampled over because of culture and tradition

US Vice President Joe Biden has made one of the strongest statements to date by a US official in support of the worldwide protection of the rights of LGBTI people – saying they cannot be a secondary concern in the face of cultural taboos and traditions.

Biden made the comments Tuesday to a gathering of US and international LGBTI rights advocates, saying respect for LGBTI rights was a hallmark of a civilized nation.

June 25, 2014

US Vice President has joined White House national security adviser Susan Rice in calling out countries that criminalize LGBTI people - saying human rights must be universal and not trampled over because of culture and tradition

US Vice President Joe Biden has made one of the strongest statements to date by a US official in support of the worldwide protection of the rights of LGBTI people – saying they cannot be a secondary concern in the face of cultural taboos and traditions.

Biden made the comments Tuesday to a gathering of US and international LGBTI rights advocates, saying respect for LGBTI rights was a hallmark of a civilized nation.

March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

December 24, 2013

Palin stumped when asked about his 'graphic' and 'offensive' anti-gay comments

Sarah Palin was one of the first high-profile people to take to Twitter to defend Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson last week when his anti-gay comments surfaced.

She tweeted: 'Free speech is an endangered species. Those "intolerants" hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch are taking on all of us.'

While Palin has not retracted her defense of Robertson, she has admitted to not having read his comments to GQ magazine before or after sending her tweet.

November 3, 2013

New book Double Down says President Obama was a gay marriage supporter since 2004

According to a new book about the 2012 US presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden was in hot water after he announced he was for gay marriage.

November 3, 2013

New book Double Down says President Obama was a gay marriage supporter since 2004

According to a new book about the 2012 US presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden was in hot water after he announced he was for gay marriage.

October 4, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden has told the organizers of the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner that he will no longer be able to be its keynote speaker as a result of Republicans in Congress defunding the US Government

US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled an appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner where he was due to give the keynote speech to 3,400 guests on Saturday, saying Congressional Republicans’ defunding of the US Government makes it impossible.

Biden has also cancelled an appearance at a fundraiser for the Democratic Campaign Committee on Monday which raises funds for Democratic House of Representatives candidates.

October 4, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden has told the organizers of the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner that he will no longer be able to be its keynote speaker as a result of Republicans in Congress defunding the US Government

US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled an appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner where he was due to give the keynote speech to 3,400 guests on Saturday, saying Congressional Republicans’ defunding of the US Government makes it impossible.

Biden has also cancelled an appearance at a fundraiser for the Democratic Campaign Committee on Monday which raises funds for Democratic House of Representatives candidates.

September 16, 2013

'I could not remain silent any more. It's time we stopped talking. It’s the civil rights of our day'

As pressure mounted last year on US President Barack Obama to take a stand on an issue - gay marriage - on which he was still famously 'evolving,' it was his vice president who gave him the nudge he needed.

Joe Biden went on NBC's Meet the Press and expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage. Just days later, Obama did the same in an interview with ABC News.

'A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any more,' Biden said on Sunday (15 September) at a political fundraiser in Iowa.

September 16, 2013

'I could not remain silent any more. It's time we stopped talking. It’s the civil rights of our day'

As pressure mounted last year on US President Barack Obama to take a stand on an issue - gay marriage - on which he was still famously 'evolving,' it was his vice president who gave him the nudge he needed.

Joe Biden went on NBC's Meet the Press and expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage. Just days later, Obama did the same in an interview with ABC News.

'A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any more,' Biden said on Sunday (15 September) at a political fundraiser in Iowa.

June 14, 2013

President continues to resist pressure to sign executive order on non-discrimination act

President Barack Obama wants to see the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act enacted but he remains unwilling to go around congress and sign it into law by Executive Order.

Obama, appearing with Vice President Joe Biden at the LGBT Pride Month Reception at The White House Thursday (13 June), said of ENDA: 'We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill, we need to get it done now.'

He added: 'I think we can make that happen because after the last four-and-a-half years, you can't tell me things can't happen.'

June 14, 2013

President continues to resist pressure to sign executive order on non-discrimination act

President Barack Obama wants to see the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act enacted but he remains unwilling to go around congress and sign it into law by Executive Order.

Obama, appearing with Vice President Joe Biden at the LGBT Pride Month Reception at The White House Thursday (13 June), said of ENDA: 'We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill, we need to get it done now.'

He added: 'I think we can make that happen because after the last four-and-a-half years, you can't tell me things can't happen.'

June 4, 2013

Cites the personal experiences of a transgender friend in his call for action

Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden is taking a lead role in trying to secure legal protections for the transgender people in his state where gay marriage recently became legal.

The son of US Vice President Joe Biden says in a new video that he has a transgender friend who 'has spoken to me about her fear of living without basic legal protections.'

June 4, 2013

Cites the personal experiences of a transgender friend in his call for action

Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden is taking a lead role in trying to secure legal protections for the transgender people in his state where gay marriage recently became legal.

The son of US Vice President Joe Biden says in a new video that he has a transgender friend who 'has spoken to me about her fear of living without basic legal protections.'

April 8, 2013

Same-sex marriage has become more widely accepted across the US in the last year.

Support for marriage equality has grown across all 50 US states over the past eight years, a new report has found.

Published by the UCLA's Williams Institute, 'Public Support for Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by State', it found with an average increase of 13.6%. 

March 29, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden had credited same show with shifting public opinion

Will & Grace ended its run in 2006, but the sitcom about a gay man and his straight female best friend is still be very much in the current conversation about gay marriage.

Gay marriage foe Rick Santorum, the former US senator who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, discussed the show's impact on gay marriage during the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month.