Vice President Biden and Education Secretary Duncan endorse the freedom to marry
May 07, 2012 at 09:30 am
It's been a busy and important 24 hours for the freedom to marry. Sunday morning, Vice President Joe Biden became the highest ranking public official to support marriage for same-sex couples when he said on "NBC's Meet the Press" that he is "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples having the freedom to marry. Watch the video below:
Our Founder and President Evan Wolfson released the following statement, thanking Vice President Biden for vocalizing his support for the freedom to marry:
“I’ve known Vice President Biden since interning for him in the Senate in 1976. The personal and thoughtful way he has spoken about his coming to support the freedom to marry reflects the same journey that a majority of Americans have now made as they’ve gotten to know gay families, opened their hearts and changed their minds. President Obama should join the Vice President, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, former Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney, Laura Bush, and so many others in forthright support for the freedom to marry."
“Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement this morning adds him to the drumbeat of Obama Administration members coming out in support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Like Vice President Biden, former Presidents Clinton and Carter, former Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney, Laura Bush, and the majority of Americans, Secretary Duncan knows that loving and committed gay couples seek the freedom to marry for the same mix of reasons as other couples: to make a vow to one another, to share life with the person they love, and to protect their families. Standing up for the freedom to marry is not just the right thing to do, it's the right thing politically, and it's time for the President to stand on the right side of history.”