This morning Vice President Joseph Biden endorsed same-sex marriage during an appearance on the television show Meet The Press this morning (Sunday May 6th).
According to ThinkProgress.org:
Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the highest ranking American official to back marriage for gay and lesbian people. His comments signify a split within the Obama administration and may pave the way for President Obama — who says he supports civil unions and is still evolving on the matter — to also embrace equality.
ThinkProgress also quotes the VP as saying that the television show Will & Grace helped progress his views (Shout out to David Kohan!), but cautions that it is not him, but the President who sets policy.
BIDEN: 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 marrying women 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. […] I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that is different and now they’re beginning to understand.
What do you think? Will Joe Biden’s statement change the course of American history in regards to marriage rights for same-sex couples? Will President Obama follow suit?
Do you agree that shows like Will & Grace and Modern Family help change the public perception of what homosexuality looks like?