WASHINGTON— Vice President Joe Biden on Friday said he thinks the nation’s attitudes on same-sex marriage are evolving and anticipates the eventual widespread acceptance of gay people’s nuptials.
“I think there is an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage,” said the vice president on ABC’s Good Morning America. He drew parallels between the issue of marriage for gay couples and that of gay soldiers serving openly in the military, which they will be able to do for the first time in the country’s history once leaders implement the recent legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Biden’s pronouncement came on the heels of an Advocate interview with President Barack Obama in which Obama reiterated his earlier statement that although he still supports civil unions over marriage equality, his sentiments are also shifting.
“The sentiment I expressed [when recently answering a question on marriage equality by Joe. My. God. Blogger Joe Sudbuy] is still where I am — which is, like a lot of people, I’m wrestling with this. My attitudes are evolving on this,” President Obama told The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld. “I have always firmly believed in having a robust civil union that provides the rights and benefits under the law that marriage does. I’ve wrestled with the fact that marriage traditionally has had a different connotation. But I also have a lot of very close friends who are married gay or lesbian couples.”