In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples being “entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” as heterosexual couples.
“The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition,” Biden told “Meet the Press” host David Gregory. “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.”
Biden’s comments made news because that’s the strongest he has come out yet in support of gay marriage. President Obama has not officially endorsed gay marriage, and has said his views are “evolving,” but some are wondering whether Biden’s comments are in indication that Obama would do so if elected to a second term. “I can’t speak to that. I don’t know the answer to that,” Biden said.
Last fall, the Obama administration ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Pentagon policy that allowed gay men and women to serve in the military so long as they kept their sexual orientation private.
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