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Education Secretary Arne Duncan Endorses Marriage Equality on 'Morning Joe': VIDEO


A short time ago on Morning Joe, Mark Halperin tested out an idea he has for all administration officials following Biden's remarks over the weekend, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan was the first to face the Morning Joe crew.

Said Halperin: "Just a little icebreaker, Mr. Secretary, we're going to go throught the whole cabinet. Do you believe that same-sex men and women should be able to get legally married in the United States?"

Duncan: "Yes I do."

Halperin: "Have you ever said that publicly before?"

Duncan: "I don't know that I've ever been asked publicly."


(clip via Think Progress)

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  1. Say what you will about Mark Halprin, but he at least will ask the "tough" questions and demand an answer. Luckily Secretary Duncan didn't need pressure to answer this one.

    And like Mika said, "I love when an answer is just 'yes'" :)

    Posted by: gabriel | May 7, 2012 9:12:39 AM

  2. "Yes I do."
    It's a beautiful day.

    Posted by: kit | May 7, 2012 9:24:19 AM

  3. These comments are the Obama Administration signaling that he supports marriage equality.

    Reality is that Obama doesn't want to turn marriage equality into the deciding factor for the presidential election. The GOP is more than happy to use anti-gay hate to get out the vote. It did so to dramatic successful effect in 2004.

    Mitt Romney has said that he will push for an anti-marriage equality U.S. Constitutional amendment.


    I wish more emphasis had been put on ENDA sooner. Obama is far from perfect--light years but he's all that we have.

    Posted by: Mark | May 7, 2012 9:28:48 AM

  4. Anyone remember Bush's Education Secretary, Margaret Spellings? She objected to a PBS show for kids that had a character come to Vermont and encounter a same sex couple.

    So not only was she against marriage, she was against letting kids know we exist.

    Posted by: KevinVT | May 7, 2012 9:40:18 AM

  5. Good answer.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 7, 2012 9:41:00 AM

  6. Halperin at least phrased the question properly so that t wasn't about "benefits", but about "marriage".

    Biden's statement was that he was comfortable with men who marry men receiving full equal benefits. The operative part of that statement is the receiving benefits. It never actually says Biden is comfortable with men marrying men. Just that if they are married, he is comfortable with them receiving full equal benefits.

    Hopefully reporters will start asking the question the way Halperin phrased it in te future.

    Posted by: Tim NC | May 7, 2012 10:19:48 AM

  7. @Tim MC, I think you're splitting hairs unnecessarily. The truth is NOBODY has to be comfortable with same-sex marriage. That's never been the issue at all. What they do have to do is enforce and acknowledge equal-protection laws and the Full Faith & Credit clause of the US Constitution. If people are uncomfortable, which they can be -- its too bad, but that's the way of the world -- they must deal with that privately and not let it interfere with public policy or the public good.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | May 7, 2012 11:32:36 AM

  8. I know that I am superficial, However have any of you noticed what a STUD Arnie Duncan is? I'm sorry, what was the topic?

    Posted by: andrew | May 7, 2012 10:59:48 PM

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