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Biden Flip-Flops on Gay Marriage?

October 21, 2008

It would seem that Senator Biden forgot what he said in the VP debate. Let me remind him via CNN:

IFILL: Let’s try to avoid nuance, Senator. Do you support gay marriage?

BIDEN: No. Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. We do not support that. That is basically the decision to be able to be able to be left to faiths and people who practice their faiths the determination what you call it.

The bottom line though is, and I’m glad to hear the governor, I take her at her word, obviously, that she think there should be no civil rights distinction, none whatsoever, between a committed gay couple and a committed heterosexual couple. If that’s the case, we really don’t have a difference.

So, on October 2, Biden was against redefining marriage. In other words, give gay couples the civil benefits, but DO NOT call it marriage.

Sometime between then and Monday, October 20, he changed his mind. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joseph Biden says if he lived in California, he would vote against a ballot measure that seeks to ban gay marriage.

During an appearance Monday on the “Ellen” show, Biden called Proposition 8 “regressive” and “unfair” and added that he and running mate Barack Obama opposed a similar initiative nationally.

When he debated Palin, he was against redefining marriage. When he talked to Ellen DeGeneres, he is for it. Which is it Senator Biden? I guess it depends on the audience…

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