Biden stands by his support for marriage equality

"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.

Even though the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" and California's Proposition 8 was dismissed by The United States Supreme Court, a majority of states is without marriage equality

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.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.