Vice President Biden Supports Same-Sex Couples’ Freedom to Marry

5/6/2012

Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Communications Associate
angela@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Vice President Joe Biden became the highest ranking U.S. official to openly endorse the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. On NBC's Meet the Press, Biden told host David Gregory that he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples having the freedom to marry.

Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“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."

Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do campaign has gained endorsements for a marriage plank in this year’s national Party Platform from prominent Democratic voices, including 22 Democratic Senators, the Chair of this year’s Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; four former chairs of the national Democratic Party; more than half a dozen co-chairs of President Obama’s reelection campaign; more than half a dozen State Democratic Party Chairs; and over 40,000 Democrats who’ve added their names to Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do online petition.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.