Biden on same-sex marriage: U.S. on 'road to absolute fairness'
June 27th, 2013
09:54 PM ET
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Biden on same-sex marriage: U.S. on 'road to absolute fairness'

(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.

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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."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. sonnie3

    He needs to confer with his priest on that. The Catholic Faith and Pelosi and Joe Biden are at odd with each other.
    They sure do not support or practice their faith. They are traitors to the Catholic rules

    June 27, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. Cephas

    John and your boss Obama urgently need to take advantage of this program "Obama urges public to use government mental-health programs." because no sane leaders can do what you have done.

    June 28, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  3. Chris Boston

    It is people like this who are doing all they can to embrace what is against the bible. This should not be accepted and embraced. This is completely against Gods law. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah?

    June 28, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  4. acdcguy

    It's not about fairness, it's all about votes.

    June 28, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |