Biden 'comfortable' with equal rights for gays who wed
by: LA Times, latimes.com
May 7, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden
Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden gave a nod to same-sex marriage Sunday by saying he is comfortable with the idea of "men marrying men" and "women marrying women" having the same rights as heterosexual couples.
In an interview on "Meet the Press," Biden declined to rule out the possibility that, in a second term, President Obama might move from his position of supporting civil unions to backing same-sex marriage.
Biden prefaced his comments with the caveat that the president sets administration policy, and then said: "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."
In the strictest reading of the transcript, Biden didn't advance the administration's position on the issue. The president has said for months that his thoughts on gay marriage are "evolving," and he hasn't ruled out that he may one day support it.
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