Biden on same-sex marriage: U.S. on 'road to absolute fairness'

Biden on same-sex marriage: U.S. on 'road to absolute fairness'
MGN Online David Lienemann/White House
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 9:40pm

(CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden used his "Being Biden" audio series Thursday to praise the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage rulings.

Biden related the story of a gay friend and adviser, Carlos, whose horizons have changed now that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act has been invalidated and the U.S. government will no longer deny federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

"I think we're on the verge of seeing America move even further," Biden said in the recording, titled "On the Road to Fairness." "I think we'll see the day when it is no longer a debate about whether or not same-sex couples can be married and whether or not they deserve every single civil right every other married couple deserves."

Biden said he thinks Americans are far ahead of their political leaders on the issue.

Recent polls show a majority of Americans support the right for same-sex couples to legally wed. Twelve states and the District of Columbia already recognize same-sex marriage.

Biden announced his support ahead of President Barack Obama, saying he was completely comfortable with same-sex marriage last May, before Obama said the same thing three days later. Biden's disclosure prompted a brief and awkward dust-up in the president's own timeline for announcing he had "evolved" on the issue.

Obama: Biden comments pushed up same-sex marriage announcement

The Supreme Court's ruling is "a great day for every gay and lesbian couple and it should be a great day for every straight couple in America," Biden said. "Now we can look each other in the eye and say: We're on the road to absolute fairness and equity."

Comments News Comments

Post new Comment