Meet the Press   |  May 06, 2012

Biden breaks down stance on same-sex marriage

On Meet the Press today, the vice president discussed the administration’s position in the same-sex marriage debate.

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MR. GREGORY: You raise social policy . I'm curious, you know, the president has said that his views on gay marriage , on same-sex marriage have evolved, but he's opposed to it. You're opposed to it. Have your views evolved?

VICE PRES. BIDEN: Look, I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans

become to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition: Who do you love ? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that's what people are finding out is what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they're marriage is of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals.

MR. GREGORY: Is that what you believe now?

VICE PRES. BIDEN: That's what I believe.

MR. GREGORY: Are you -- and you're comfortable with same-sex marriage now?

VICE PRES. BIDEN: I, I -- look, 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 one other 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.

MR. GREGORY: In a second term, will be administration come out behind same-sex marriage, the institution of marriage?

VICE PRES. BIDEN: Well, I, I, I can't speak to that. I, I, I, I don't know the answer to that. But I can tell you...

MR. GREGORY: But sounds like you'd like to see it happen, if that's where the president would get to.

VICE PRES. BIDEN: Well, the president continues to fight, whether it's "Don't_Ask,_Don't_Tell" or whether it is making sure across the board that you cannot discriminate. Look at the executive orders he's put in place. Any hospital that gets federal funding, which is almost all of them, they can't deny a partner from being able to have access to their, their, their partner's ill or making a call on whether or not they, you know -- it just -- this is evolving. And by the way, my measure, David , as I take a look at when things really began to change, is when the social culture changes. I think " Will Grace " probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody's ever done so far. And I think people fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand, they're beginning to understand that this as a base. I, I was with -- speaking to a group of gay leaders in, in Los Angeles two weeks ago. And one gentleman looked at me in the question period and said, "Let me ask you, how do you feel about us?" And I had just walked into the back door of this gay couple and there were their two adopted children. And I turned to the man on the house and I said, "What did I do when I walked in?" He said, "You walked right to my children, they were seven and five and giving you flowers." And I said, "I wish every American could see the look of love that those kids had in their eyes for you guys. And they wouldn't have any doubt about what this is about."