This is EXACTLY what we like to hear from the Vice President of the United States of America!
Joe Biden appeared today during an interview on Meet The Press, during which he officially became the highest-ranking official in the Obama administration to publicly express his support of marriage equality in the United States!
Ch-ch-check out a clip (above)!
Although he refrained from outright saying he endorsed it, he did say:
"I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. 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."
Of course, his spokesperson later clarified Biden's comments - specifically whether or not he was discussing marriage or civil unions in the following statement:
The vice president was saying what the president has said previously – that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights. 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.
Gah! He was this close!
However, despite the refusal to go all the way with his support, it's very clear how our current administration feels, with the key word being "evolve!"
Step by step, we are getting closer and closer to equal rights!
CHANGE is coming! YAY!
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