While politics have kept Obama from officially supporting same-sex marriage, he has sent others to do it for him, most recently Vice President Biden.
President Obama has sent his second in command on ahead with a message for voters in the upcoming presidential election: legalizing same-sex marriage will be a major rung of the Administration’s re-election ladder. During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press May 6, Vice President Joe Biden said that he would be just fine with fully legalizing homosexual relationships. “Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love?” Biden said in an attempt to equate same-sex partnerships with traditional marriage. He emphasized that “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”
The New York Times noted that Biden’s “unexpectedly expansive remarks made him by far the highest-ranking White House official to move closer to a formal embrace of same-sex marriage, which is now legal in six states and the District of Columbia but is unrecognized by the federal government. The Obama administration has endorsed civil unions but not marriage for gay couples.”
While aides insisted that Biden’s comments were spontaneous, and the Times portrayed the White House as “scrambling to clarify that Mr. Biden was not articulating an official change in policy,” the Vice President himself was certainly not deviating from the Obama administration’s efforts to move the nation closer to normalizing homosexuality.
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