"A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any longer. It's the civil rights of our day. It's the issue of our day."
As reported in Metro Weekly, these words were part of a speech given by Vice President Joe Biden during a political fundraiser in Iowa on Sunday September 15, 2013
Biden's original endorsement of marriage equality was on “Meet the Press” in May of 2012. At that time, Biden said that he is “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.”
Biden's comment prompted President Obama to also endorse marriage equality. Since then, six states have passed marriage equality, either by legislation or by popular vote. The support of the President and the Vice President no doubt influenced that movement.
There are 38 states without marriage equality. Illinois, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and New Mexico have recently begun acting to enable marriage equality.
GLAAD continues to support and help lift up these states that are striving towards Marriage Equality. For more information on marriage equality please visit GLAAD.org/marriage.