Appearing on the long-running news show Meet the Press today, Vice President Joe Biden told David Gregory he supported gay marriage, but stopped short of saying the Obama administration was on board as well.
Gregory: …The president has said that his views on gay marriage, on same-sex marriage have evolved, but he’s opposed to it. you’re opposed to it. have your views evolved?
Biden: I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition: Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? That’s what people are finding out is what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they’re marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals.
Gregory: Is that what you believe now?
Biden: that’s what i believe.
Gregory: And you’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?
Biden: I… look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.
Gregory: In a second term, will this administration come out behind same-sex marriage, the institution of marriage?
Biden: Well, I can’t speak to that. I… I don’t know the answer to that.
If Biden means that he will urge the Administration to push for the repeal of DOMA and the passing of federal marriage-equality legislation, then this is great news indeed. But frankly, that’s not what we were hearing.
But of course, Biden’s never been a great public speaker. At least this time he didn’t curse or anything. (After the show, a Biden spokesperson said Biden had simply underscored points he made before and that there was “no distance between his position and the President’s.”)
The interview covered a wide variety of topics beyond gay rights, including foreign policy, the economy, Mitt Romney and Osama bin Laden. Biden also cleared up any rumors that he wouldn’t be appearing on the ballot in November: “There’s no way out,” he said. “I mean, they’ve already printed Obama-Biden.”
Well that’s that, then.