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Vice President Joe Biden Praises Ireland Gay Marriage Vote: 'Let's Keep the Momentum Going' - VIDEO

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Vice President Joe Biden has praised Ireland for becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by public vote, reports Bloomberg.

In an op-ed published in the Advocate, Biden wrote:

“Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality.

“They recognized the fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, and that there can be no justification for the denigration or persecution of anyone because of who they love or who they are.

“I cannot improve upon the perfectly Irish statements they made following this historic vote, but I can echo [Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s] words when he described the Irish as ‘a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people,’ and that their choice will be ‘heard loudly across the living world as a sound of pioneering leadership.’”

He also noted that despite progress, there is still much work to be done on gay rights worldwide:

“There are still too many nations that deny people even the right to be safe from violence and severe discrimination, and too many states here in America that allow a person to be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual."

Last month, Biden said that if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of nationwide marriage equality in June, Obergefell v. Hodges will be remembered alongside the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education.

Watch Biden attacking recent anti-gay comments made by 2016 contender Ben Carson, AFTER THE JUMP

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Joe Biden Mocks Ben Carson's 'Ridiculous' Comments on Homosexuality Being a Choice: 'I Mean Jesus, God' - VIDEO

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Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign Spring Equality Convention yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the progress LGBT rights has made in the political landscape over the last decade using 2016 GOP hopeful Ben Carson as Exhibit A. 

Said Biden:

"Eight, ten years ago, even two years ago, homophobic statements would have been, if not embraced, not viewed as having generated any political liability. Look what's happening even in quote 'the other party' today. Seriously, don't misread the political trends in history here. Now, every ridiculous assertion from Dr. Carson on....I mean, Jesus, God...think about the universal ridicule."

Earlier this week, Carson earned derisive headlines for asserting to CNN's Chris Cuomo that homosexuality was a choice because people go into prison and "come out gay." He later apologized for the comments, saying "my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues." He also said he wouldn't talk about gay rights moving forward.

Watch the segment and Biden's full speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Joe Biden on Swearing In Lindsey Graham: 'I'm Not Doing This' — VIDEO

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It's Joe Biden's duty as president of the Senate to swear in the senators. But when it was Lindsey Graham's turn, there was a bit of resistance.

He kids, he kids, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Wednesday Speed Read: Heather Mizeur, Executive Order, Joe Biden, NOM, 9th Circuit, Hochberg

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

MizeurMIZEUR COMES IN THIRD IN MARYLAND:

Six of 10 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday; three lost; one race is still undetermined. Lesbian State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one of the winners, but she made a strong showing in third place, just one point behind the state’s attorney general. Mizeur garnered 19 percent of the vote, putting her in third behind Attorney General Doug Gansler with 20 percent, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Some political observers think Mizeur “outshined her male opponents” during the campaign, said MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on the Daily Rundown Tuesday morning. But the primary winner, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown with 58 percent of the vote, had at least two advantages over Mizeur: He was running to become the state’s first African American governor in a state with a 30 percent African American population, and he won the endorsement of the statewide LGBT group Equality Maryland. For full election results, see related story.

EarnestNO DETAILS ON EXECUTIVE ORDER:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during his daily press briefing Tuesday that he does not know whether the executive order that President Obama will sign prohibiting discrimination based by federal contractors will include an exemption for religious entities. And just as he was asked about the timing of the announcement last week that the President would sign such an order, a White House intern standing in the briefing room fainted and Earnest ended the press conference.

BidenBIDEN BRUSHES OFF THE TRIGLODYTES:

Speaking at a reception he hosted for participants and supporters of the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights, Vice President Joe Biden said LGBT people coming out to family and friends is driving enormous progress in attitudes of ordinary Americans. “They are the majority, and those other folks, they are the troglodytes," said Biden, according to a White House pool report.

JUDGE AWARDS NOM $50,000:

NomlogoA federal district court judge in Virginia Tuesday ordered the U.S. to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for over an accidental public release of tax documents with confidential information that should have been redacted. Judge James Cacheris had ruled June 3 that an Internal Revenue Service clerk had mistakenly released the information to a member of the public who then shared it with the Human Rights Campaign and others. While Cacheris said he did not see evidence the release was deliberate and politically motivated, he said the IRS bears some responsibility for the legal expenses NOM incurred as a result of that error. NOM can still sue to recoup attorneys fees.

NINTH CIRCUIT REJECTS EN BANC:

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals announced Tuesday it would not grant a request from one of its own judges for a full court review of a panel decision requiring heightened scrutiny of laws that disadvantage people based on sexual orientation. Ninth Circuit states now bound by that panel decision in SmithKline v. Abbott include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

RodriguezPUERTO RICO NOMINEE CONFIRMED:

The Puerto Rico Senate on Monday confirmed the nomination of lesbian attorney Maite Oronoz Rodríguez to serve on the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. Rodríguez is director of legal affairs for the city of San Juan. The vote was 16 to 10.
 
HOCHBERG IN THE HOT SEAT:

The openly gay chairman of the Export-Import Bank will be in front of a House committee this morning. The bank, which provides billions of dollars in loans to companies producing exports, needs reauthorization by Congress on September 30, but newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is against it.

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Vice President Joe Biden Pays Visit to U.S. Locker Room After World Cup Win: VIDEO

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Vice President Joe Biden is in Brazil for the World Cup and paid a visit to the U.S. team locker room following yesterday's 2-1 victory over Ghana.

Watch him congratulate the players, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden Blow Off the White House Correspondents Dinner Together: VIDEO

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Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus teamed up with real Veep Joe Biden for a White House Correspondents Dinner skit in which they blew off the dinner in favor of a night on the town which involved sneaking ice cream from the White House kitchen (they get caught) and getting inked with Nancy Pelosi.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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