During the high-profile interview, Gregory asked Biden if his views on marriage equality have evolved since he took office in 2008. ￼￼
“The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition,” Biden said. “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.”
Sensing he was on to something big, Gregory asked if Biden was now comfortable with same-sex marriage, and the answer he received was historical and monumental. Biden was quick to point out that it’s the President who sets policy but then expressed support for same-sex marriage and credited the TV series Will & Grace for changing the minds of many Americans on the subject of marriage quality.
￼￼”Look, 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 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. I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear what is different and now they’re beginning to understand.”
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Not long after his appearance, administration officials, including David Axelrod and a spokesman for Biden attempted to walk back the Vice-President’s statement of support. But that does nothing to erase the fact that for the first time, a sitting Vice-President has given his support to the LGBT community in their fight for equal rights with heterosexual couples. This is perhaps the surest signal that President Obama may not be too far behind in making a similar statement of support. Perhaps a second term would embolden him to take that final step.
American’s views on same-sex marriage have dramatically shifted since 2010. A Pew Research Poll in April shows that 47% of Americans support same-sex marriage while 43% oppose. That’s a complete reversal of the 2010 poll numbers. Clearly, support for same-sex marriage is steadily on the rise, despite the intense hate coming from anti-gay conservatives. And now with Joe Biden’s voice added to the support column, it may only be a matter of time before the issue of same-sex marriage is settled in this country once and for all.