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Joe Biden Says Gay Marriage is 'the Civil Rights...Issue of Our Day' — VIDEO


Vice President Joe Biden attended Tom Harkin's (D-IA) steak-fry fundraiser on Sunday, a Democratic confab typically seen as the place where candidates get their feet wet for a forthcoming presidential race.

Biden spoke about Syria, and Obama's economic policies, but he also spoke about gay rights, defending his Meet the Press interview in May 2012 at which he came out for same-sex marriage, sprinting ahead of Obama on the issue.

Said Biden at the Harkin event over the weekend:

“A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any more. It's time we stopped talking. It’s the civil rights of our day. It’s the issue of our day.....That's why the president eliminated DOMA, Don't Ask, Dont' Tell. That's why he came out against this notiong that marriage can somehow be recognized in one state and denied in another. And when it comes to the rights of - you know the president's phrase, and I'll paraphrase this slightly - that everybody in America should have the dignity to choose who they love and marry who they choose. He believes that but not just because it's a human right because it's about treating everyone with dignity.

Watch Biden's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It annoys me to no end, how politicians will make pretty speeches -- and do absolutely nothing else -- and call it "leadership." Worse are the slathering sheeple who buy it.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 16, 2013 9:26:38 AM

  2. i hate statements like this ughh not only is it grossly offensive to all of the other oppressed people in America but same sex marriage isn't even the most important issue for LGB americans!

    Posted by: JMC | Sep 16, 2013 10:02:18 AM

  3. Thank you Mr vice president. And thanks for taking the lead ahead of the president.


    Posted by: rick scatorum | Sep 16, 2013 10:26:55 AM

  4. I can't believe he's thinking about running in 2016.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 16, 2013 11:25:57 AM

  5. JMC:
    It is true not every one wants to get married. The important thing is not whether you want to marry but whether you can marry if you want to. In other words, it is about equality.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 16, 2013 2:30:02 PM

  6. He's full of it. He's running for President now. I wish his times weren't our times. He is the definition of politician.

    Posted by: GB | Sep 16, 2013 4:29:06 PM

  7. Love this Administration.

    Posted by: reality | Sep 16, 2013 5:34:51 PM

  8. Save your love for something other than administrations. I'm sure you would have been there for Nixon too.

    Posted by: Phil | Sep 16, 2013 6:16:39 PM

  9. Save your love for something other than administrations. I'm sure you would have been there for Nixon too.

    Posted by: Phil | Sep 16, 2013 6:16:39 PM

  10. Reality: You love this administration because you finally get to whack off with a clear conscience?

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 16, 2013 6:21:43 PM

  11. The sitting Vice President of the United States of America is speaking out on our behalf and somehow people on here still find fault. I hope I never meet any of the complainers in person because you must be miserable to be around.

    Posted by: alex | Sep 16, 2013 10:45:19 PM

  12. If Biden said it, it must be a gaffe.

    But Democrats have committed most of the discrimination against gays. It was Dems who signed DOMA and DADT into law. It was Dems who denied gays the right to sue their government for discrimination.

    And while Dems are trying to grab the glory, most of the gains for gay rights over the decades have been achieved by gays and gays alone. Heterosexual glory-grabbers are just waking up to gay rights after willful ignorance for years and years.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 16, 2013 11:28:56 PM

  13. Kev C: Please educate yourself. DOMA was passed by both houses of Congress, which were both Republican-controlled. It was veto-proof.

    Your life must be remarkable if you never have to make a sacrifice for the greater good. But, the rest of us sometimes are forced to make compromises. There was nothing to be gained by having President Clinton veto DOMA just a few weeks before the election.

    Posted by: ali | Sep 17, 2013 3:06:35 AM

  14. But Bill Clinton didn't veto it. He signed it into law. His John Hancock tells the world that he endorses laws against gays. And nearly 2 decades later it hasn't been repealed. That's Dems for you.

    But..but..but the republicans made me sign it. Wake up and realize the Dems have always been more harmful to gays than anyone else.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 17, 2013 8:36:38 AM

  15. Kev C is a troll paid for by the RNC to subvert.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Nov 3, 2013 3:12:20 AM

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