U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has said that he supports marriage equality and hailed the sitcom Will and Grace for educating Americans on accepting gays and lesbians.
“I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is about, it’s a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out. It’s what all marriages, at their root, are about. Whether they’re marriages of lesbians, or gay men, or heterosexuals,” said Biden while speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press.
“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual – men and women marrying – 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.”
He went to add: “…I take a look at when things really began to change, is when the social culture changes. I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far.”
Biden’s comments have been welcomed by LGBT groups in US. The Human Rights Campaign said it was encouraged by his stance but added that it “is the time for President Obama to speak out for full marriage equality for same-sex couples”.
The cast of Will and Grace also expressed their appreciation for Biden’s word.
Sean Hayes, who played Jack in the popular series, said in a statement : “On behalf of everyone who worked on Will and Grace, we thank Vice President Biden for his comments regarding our show as well as his support for equality for gay Americans and everyone in the LGBT community.”