‘I am happy for people who don’t want to be gay’: Biden says he ‘loves the gay community’
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On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement calling for a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage, saying it is “time for a fresh approach to marriage that reflects the diverse values and opinions of the American people.”
Biden was joined by the family of gay journalist Tim LaHaye and gay rights activist Jeff Foxworthy at a White House ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Loving v.
Virginia decision that legalized same-gender marriage nationwide.
Biden told the crowd that the Supreme Supreme Court had “given the country a chance to come together” and he is proud of his administration’s “tough and smart” approach.
“The gay community has given us a new lease of life,” Biden said.
“We’ve been able to say ‘yes’ to our families and friends, to our friends, our colleagues, our neighbors and our partners.
I am happy to have you here today.
We’re going to be together, we’re going the same way.”
Biden also said that gay people deserve the same respect as heterosexual people.
“As the first family of the United States, we are going to stand up for equality for everyone, no matter what their race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or religion,” he said.
Biden also spoke out against the Supreme Courts decision that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denied federal benefits to same-fertility couples.
The law prohibited federal recognition of gay marriages performed in other states.
Biden, who has been married three times, said the Supreme court ruling “sends a message that we’re not going to respect anyone who doesn’t have a marriage license, and I think that’s a message we need to take to the nation.”
He added that “marriage is not a choice.
Marriage is an institution, and marriage is a fundamental institution that we need, if we are to continue to be a tolerant society.”
In a separate statement, Foxworthy called Biden’s remarks a “historic moment” and said he “is proud to be in this room with him.”
Foxworthy also called Biden “one of the most courageous leaders I have ever seen, and that’s why I have been so honored to work with him, because he knows how to get the job done,” according to Foxworthy’s statement.
“He understands how important marriage is, and how important a country it is to us, and what the future looks like.
We have to fight for equality now, and the president understands that, and so he’s standing up for what he believes in,” Foxworthy said.
While Biden is celebrating the historic marriage ruling, LGBT activists are calling for him to act on their call for a national constitutional amendment banning same-seating.
“A Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage is the only way to end the divisive and destructive DOMA,” the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement.
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement calling for a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage, saying it…
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