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US vice-president Joe Biden ‘absolutely comfortable’ with same-sex marriage- guardian.co.uk

In News, Politics on May 6, 2012 at 17:00

Joe Biden speaks at NYU

US vice-president Joe Biden ‘absolutely comfortable’ with same-sex marriage | 

Slowly and surely….

Vice-president Joe Biden has strongly backed gay marriage in comments that appear to go beyond the “evolving” views of his White House boss.

Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Biden said he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriages, adding that homosexual couples are entitled to “the exact same rights” as heterosexual ones.

It makes him the most senior member of the administration to come out in favour of gay marriage and raises the hopes of many that a second Barack Obama term may lead to federal recognition of all unions, irrespective of sexual orientation.

Biden told Meet the Press: “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”

The vice-president made it clear that the views were his personally, as opposed to that of the administration, prefacing the comments with “the president sets the policy”.

But it comes as an indication that the White House is moving towards an official policy of backing same-sex marriage.

Asked outright if -Obama would support gay marriage in a second term, Biden said: “I don’t know the answer to that.”

The president has disappointed some in the LGBT community for not pushing hard enough for equal rights during his first four years in power.

Yesterday, at an event to mark the official launch of his 2012 re-election campaign, Obama trumpeted his record on gay rights, such as the removal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that encouraged gay members of the armed forces to hide their sexuality.


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