VP Joe Biden on Gay Marriage: "I'm Comfortable With It"
Biden believes same-sex couples deserve same rights as all Americans.
Biden said that his position on the issue continues to evolve and while he didn't fully back the measure, he did say that he believes that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans.
"And you're comfortable with same-sex marriage now?" "Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked.
"I am Vice President of the United States of America," Biden replied. "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."
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When asked if the president will come out in support of same-sex marriage during his re-election run, Biden declined to comment. He instead focused on what the president has accomplished for the LGBT community.
"The president continues to fight, whether it's Don't Ask, Don't Tell or whether it is making sure, across the board that you cannot discriminate. Look [at] the executive orders he's put in place: Any hospital that gets federal funding, which is almost all of them, they can't deny a partner from being able to have access to their partner who's ill or making the call on whether or not they -- you know -- it's just -- this is evolving," said Biden.