Through America’s Vice-President Joe Biden, the White House has sent its strongest message yet in favour of marriage equality.
Asked about the ever-simmering issue on Meet the Press, Biden, 69, answered: “I am vice president of the United States of America. 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.”
As far back as 2010, Biden, who has not himself spoken out to support marriage equality before now, did however admit that “I think the country’s evolving and I think there’s an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.”
President Obama, who has previously stated that his own views about marriage equality are ‘evolving’, still is not supporting the divisive issue publicly, and following Biden’s statement on Meet the Press, his staff say there’s been no actual policy change on the matter.
The US Presidential Election is coming up in November – as the campaign continues, will Obama begin to publicly support marriage equality? We hope so.