Richard Socarides: Obama and Gay Marriage: One Year Later

The New Yorker
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May 7, 2013
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Vice-President Joe Biden came first. A year ago today, on May 6, 2012, he made his surprise announcement on “Meet the Press” that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage, seemingly catching the White House off guard. Biden said “…men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”

It is still somewhat of a mystery exactly why Biden said what he did. The White House spent the day trying to walk back his remarks, but that strategy did not hold up for long. To this day, the Administration claims that a decision was made in January, 2012, for the President to endorse same-sex marriage before the election, and that Biden had just gotten unintentionally out in front of it. Even so, it’s not clear why the President was still waiting by the time Biden spoke.