Biden: ‘Comfortable’ Giving Equal Rights To Same-Gender Couples


bidenVice President Joe Biden voiced his support for same-gender couples having “the same exact rights” as normal couples.

“I am Vice President of the United States of America,” Biden said on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and men marrying women 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’s comments seemed to be the latest example of the Obama administration moving toward fully embracing same-gender marriage.

President Obama does not support same-gender marriage although he does support civil unions. Liberals and some prominent Democratic politicians have been calling on Obama to fully embrace same-gender marriage as part of his reelection campaign. Obama, for his part, has said his views on same gender marriage are “evolving.”

Some reports of Biden’s comments said Biden was endorsing same gender marriage. The White House stressed immediately after Biden made the comments that they were no different than previous statements he had made on the issue. A White House official said Biden was just saying that same gender couples should have the same rights as other Americans.

“The Vice President was saying what the President has said previously – that…same [gender] couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights,” a spokesperson for the vice president said. “That’s why we stopped defending the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges and support legislation to repeal it. Beyond that, the Vice President was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue, after meeting so many committed couples and families in this country.”

Similarly, David Axelrod, a top strategist for the Obama campaign, said that Biden’s comments did not at all differ from Obama’s position on same gender marriage.

“What VP said – that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights – is precisely POTUS’s position,” Axelrod tweeted.

{The Hill/ Newscenter}


  1. I am not sure if commenter number 2 realises that people will vote according to the candidates merits. The average ainoi yehudi, besides the very religious Christians, just couldn’t care less what kind of marriage a person chooses to engage in. And for Yiden this is not a matter of normal or not normal, its a matter of how the Torah is magdir it, and the isur sheboi. We are not the ones to judge who’s normal and who’s not.

  2. His statement is just a bag of air. All Americans have the same rights and liberties. This isn’t a civil rights issue; no one is telling anyone how to lead their lives, where to sit in a restaurant or bus, etc. The issue is the definition of marriage.