Joe Biden: I Don’t Support Gay Marriage; I Do Support Gay Marriage

By Staff | March 6, 2020 | 1:34pm EST
(Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
(Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Then-Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware said in October 2008 that neither he nor then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois supported same-sex marriage, according to a video posted by CNN.

Four years later, in May 2012, then-Vice President Biden said that he did support same-sex marriage.

Three days after that, President Obama said he also supported same-sex marriage.

On Oct. 2, 2008 on CNN, Biden was asked: “Senator, do you support gay marriage?”

Biden responded: “No. Barrack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that.”

On May 6, 2012, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” as memorialized on a video clip produced by CNN, Biden said: “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marring, 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.”

On ABC News on May 9, 2012, Obama said: “I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. … At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”



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